As it is well known, Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to 5 years in jail for illegally holding and destroying a rifle back in 2013, but was released eight months prior to his release date on the account of what the government claimed was his “good conduct”.
Ever since Sanjay Dutt had been released from Yerwada Jail back in 2016, we thought that the worst might just be past the actor. But seems like hoping that his tussle with the legal system had finally come to an end was a bit too early. Turns out, the Bombay High Court has been raising questions over his untimely release.
The bench consisting of Justice RM Savant and Justice Sadhana Jadhav is now breathing on the necks of local government, as the bench is asking for an affidavit detailing the “parameters considered, and the procedure followed” at the time when the conclusion regarding Dutt was taken that he deserved leniency.
The bench asked “Was the DIG prisons consulted or did the jail superintendent directly send his recommendation to the governor? Isn’t there a uniform procedure followed for all prisoners who receive good conduct reports? ”
Also, another important question which was asked by the bench was “Also, how did the authorities assess that Dutt’s conduct was good? When did they get the time to make such assessment when he was out on parole half the time?”
An activist, Pradeep Bhalekar, who filed a petition questioning the grounds of which Dutt was released, made a point that there were around 400 convicts who were given a good conduct sheet, but none of them was granted an early release.
The state government stated that a prisoner can be granted an early release upon the display of exemplary content, and in return, the high court simply asked them to give clarity over the decision-making process of the same.
Does this mean that things are not over for poor Sanju Baba just yet? We shall let time decide.