Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case, walked free out on Thursday, from Pune’s Yerwada jail after he was granted remission in his five-year sentence.
Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde on Wednesday said the actor will be completing his jail term on February 25, after counting in the eight months and 16 days he earned as exemption or remission on account of good behaviour in prison.
Dutt will land in Mumbai at around 11:30 am and is expected to go straight to the Siddhivinayak temple and then to Bada Kabristan.
He is likely to address the press after reaching his home at Pali Hill.
On the eve of his release after serving 42 months behind bars, a public interest litigation was filed in the Bombay High Court on Wednesday, challenging his early release on remission, alleging that the 56-year-old actor was getting preferential treatment.
Dutt was lodged in the Yerwada prison in May 2013 to undergo the remainder of his sentence after being convicted for illegal possession of arms under the Arms Act.
According to jail officials, the Khalnayak and Munnabhai of the silver screen was given work of making paper bags in his cell.
Embroiled in heated debates over his frequent parole and furlough leave in many quarters, the actor, however, consistently participated in the programmes on internal circuit jail radio, prison sources said.
The Bollywood star was arrested on April 19, 1993, for possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle, which was a part of cache of arms and explosives which landed in India prior to the serial blasts of March 1993.
During the investigation and the marathon trial, he spent 18 months in jail.
(With agency inputs)
Actor Sanjay Dutt reaches Pune Airport after release from Pune’s Yerwada Jail.