NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has been granted a 14-day parole by Yerawada Jail authorities on account of medical reasons, India media reported on Tuesday 1st October 2013.
Sanjay Dutt who has been convicted of possessing illegal arms supplied by perpetrators of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, was sentenced to 42-month jail term.
His earlier application demanding a 30-day parole had been rejected by Pune Police.
Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt has been released from a prison in India for medical reasons.
The actor was granted a 14-day parole by Pune’s Yerwada prison to seek treatment for a leg ailment.
Sanjay Dutt was sentenced for firearms offences linked to 1993 Mumbai blasts which killed 257 people. He has served 22 months of his five-year term.
The actor was convicted for illegally possessing a rifle and a pistol which he bought from the bombers.
Sanjay Dutt was convicted in 2006 of buying arms from the bombers but cleared of conspiracy. The attacks left 713 others injured.
The son of a Hindu father and a Muslim mother, Sanjay Dutt said the weapons were necessary in order to defend his family during the Hindu-Muslim rioting of 1993 which followed the destruction by Hindu zealots of the Babri mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya.
Babri mosque Dutt, one of Bollywood’s most bankable stars, is hugely popular for his role as a lovable gangster in the Munnabhai movies. He has also dabbled in politics.
In 2006, a special anti-terror court convicted 100 people over the blasts. Twelve were given the death penalty and 20 others sentenced to life imprisonment.
Babri mosque Dutt, the most high-profile among the convicts, was originally charged with five offences, including criminal conspiracy and possession of illegal weapons.
In March 2013, India’s Supreme Court upheld his conviction, but reduced his sentence from six to five years.