Published On : Thu, Jan 8th, 2015

Sanjay Dutt leaves for Pune as his furlough ends, jail authorities undecided over extension


Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who is currently out on furlough from Pune’s Yerwada jail is all set to return to prison as his furlough ended on Thursday. Meanwhile, Sanjay had applied for extension of furlough but the jail authorities remained undecided till the end of the last date.

Sanjay has reportedly bid byes to his wife along with lovely twins at his Mumbai residence. He left for Pune on Thursday afternoon.

The actor is serving a five-year sentence for his conviction under the Arms Act for illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle just before the March 1993 blasts in Mumbai.

The application for extension of furlough was given on December 27, 2014, however the jail authorities did not even process the file till January 4 and took no decision even as his leave ended.

The actor had been released last month on furlough which the prison authorities had granted for 14 days. His release was a day after the state winter assembly session ended. The state home department conducted an enquiry into his leave after receiving some protests but the minister of state for home said the enquiry had revealed no irregularity and that the leave was properly sanctioned.

Dutt had reached his home in Bandra, a suburb in Mumbai on Christmas Eve and spent time with his twin toddlers, wife Manyata and friends. The team which made PK in which he had a role, had organized a special screening for him and few others and guests included the star Aamir Khan.

He had applied for furlough, a legally entitled leave which convicts can get every year, in October and it was sanctioned in December 2014.

What is furlough?

The leave is to ensure that prisoners maintain contact with society and their families. Unlike parole, it requires no reason, and can be extended after two weeks for another two weeks initially and with reason for up to 120 days. The leave is counted as part of the prison term and is available every year to convicted felons. The actor had surrendered in May 2013 after Supreme Court upheld his conviction and sentence for illegal arms possession. He had been granted a month long furlough in October, 2013 followed by parole that December.