Show us average prisoner gets same treatment as Dutt: HC
The Maharashtra government said today it can justify “every single minute” of parole or furlough granted to actor Sanjay Dutt, who was in jail in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, prompting the Bombay High Court to ask if same rules were applied to every inmate.
A public interest litigation has questioned the “frequent” parole or furlough Dutt, sentenced to five years in jail in the case, got, and his early release from prison in 2016.
Parole is granted for special reasons, while prisoners are entitled to furlough as a matter of right.
Maharashtra Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni today said, “Not even for a single minute or second was Dutt out of jail in breach of law. We can account for every single minute that he was permitted to stay out of jail.
“We follow a strict, standard procedure for granting parole for every inmate. In times of RTI queries and public interest litigations, we take no chance,” he said.
During a hearing last year, the state had told another bench of the high court that the actor earned early release by displaying exemplary conduct while in jail.
The court had, however, pointed out that Dutt got parole just two months into his sentence, and also a furlough at the same time, a concession other convicts rarely get.
Kumbhakoni said today this concession was granted in July 2013 on account of medical emergencies in his family.
“This was on account of his daughter’s illness and his wife needing a surgery,” Kumbhakoni said.
As carried in PTI