Ending all speculation, incarcerated Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been serving the remainder of his five-year sentence in Pune’s Yerwada Central Jail, will finish his term and walk free on February 25.
The actor’s official spokesperson confirmed on Monday evening that Sanjay will be released in the early hours of February 25, having already served more than the 50 months out of the 60 month sentence that was awarded by the court in a case of possessing an illegal weapon.
“Regular remission was granted to Sanjay Dutt by the authorities on account of good conduct,” the spokesperson added
Mr Dutt, who was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case for possessing illegal weapons and sentenced to five years in jail, had already served 18 months before the verdict was pronounced. The actor is serving 42 months of his remaining jail term, after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction in 2013.
After being granted a 14-day furlough in December 2014, he was expected to report back to jail on January 7 but sought an extension of furlough from jail authorities. The jail authorities, however, informed Mr Dutt about it being rejected only on January 9.
Mr Dutt was given a clean-chit for this delay, after an inquiry into the matter. The Home Department had served a memo to two officials from the Yerwada central prison for the delay in making a decision.