Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was released from the Yerwada jail on 24 December, 2014 on a 14-day furlough has yet again sought extension thus inviting sharp criticism from legal experts and other jail intimates, who are making a hue and cry over special treatment and favouritism meted out to film star Sanjay Dutt.
Readers may remember that time and again whenever Sanjay Dutt has been granted leave on furlough, he has extended it. In October 2013, Dutt was granted furlough which was extended by 14 days. Then, in December 2013, he was granted parole for 30 days, which again was extended ‘TWICE’!!!
Thus this time, when he has again demanded an extension both the legal experts and other prisoners have raised eyebrows.
An established advocate from Mumbai has termed Dutt’s request for furlough leave as mere misuse of power and discriminatory treatment and nothing less. Lambasting Dutt’s request for another extension, Mehta said, “It is indeed disgraceful that while other prisoners with lesser serious charges are not given furlough leave, it is shocking how the government of India can continue to give repeated furlough leave and further extensions, to someone who is convicted in a grave crime as serious as Mumbai Bomb Blast!”
Another Advocate has termed Sanjay Dutt’s special treatment to his star image and his politically influential. His sister Priya Dutt is an Ex MP and member of Congress Party hence he argues while other jail convicts applications are thrown in dustbins and they languish in jail dying to meet their near and dear ones, influential convicts like Sanjay Dutt are not just given repeated furlough but even granted extension! He mocks, “Sach hai … Mera Bharat Mahan!”
Dutt is serving 42 months of his sentence that started in May 2013, for illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle before the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai. But, he has repeatedly been released on furlough and parole.