Sanjay Dutt’s Furlough Extension Rejected

Amrit Jana
By Amrit Jana January 11, 2015 16:44 Updated

Sanjay Dutt’s Furlough Extension Rejected

Pune central prison authorities rejected actor Sanjay Dutt’s request seeking the extension of his furlough for another 14 days. The actor left for Yerwada jail on Saturday afternoon. Sanjay is serving a sentence of 42 months for his involvement the 1993 serial blasts case.

The actor has spent the Christmas and New Year with the family and was visibly in tears while leaving his wife and children. Dutt blamed the media for creating controversy about this furlough. He said that he was not given any VIP treatment in the jail.

Sanjay Dutt’s Furlough Extension Rejected

“I request the members of the media not to create an unnecessary row over my furlough issue. I wanted to spend time with my family and had therefore sought furlough, which is very much granted to a prisoner under our laws. The government, the prison department and the police are doing their job and we should not question them unnecessarily,” a visibly upset Dutt told the reporters waiting outside his residence in Mumbai, before leaving for jail.

When asked about why other prisoners who have cited more serious reasons to seek furlough were denied, but the jail authorities were ‘lenient’ in considering his case, Dutt rebutted that he is being singled out due to his celebrity status. “We should see all the cases with the same prism. Don’t target me just because I am a celebrity,” he added.

Mumbai police informed that they received a letter earlier from the central prison authorities informing that the application of furlough had been rejected for Sanjay.

“We have received a letter from the Yerwada jail authorities asking us to serve the letter to Mr. Dutt. While the letter has not spelled out the reason for denying an extension, it states that the actor is required to surrender immediately before the jail authorities,” a senior police officer from the Mumbai police told the press.

A team from the Assistant Commissioner of Police handed out the letter to the actor on Saturday afternoon and he left for Pune jail around 2 pm. Mr. Dutt was granted furlough in the last week of December and he gave another application on December 27th seeking an extension of 14 days on health grounds.

His furlough ended on Thursday and according to his lawyer when Mr. Dutt went to surrender before the jail authorities, there was a news flash quoting the minister concerned that Dutt doesn’t require to surrender since his application seeking extension of furlough is pending, this prompted the actor to ‘return’. The jail authorities claimed that Mr. Dutt never reported at the Yerawada jail on Thursday.

“Our government doesn’t believe in discriminating or victimizing anybody. Law treats all equal,” the CM had tweeted.

Amrit Jana
By Amrit Jana January 11, 2015 16:44 Updated