The Maharashtra state government has come under fire from opposition parties over the parole granted to Sanjay Dutt for the second time in recent months.
Senior BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Gopinath Munde has demanded that the parole be cancelled. Though Dutt is said to have cited wife Maanyata’s illness as reason for seeking parole, photographs of her attending the screening of a movie on Thursday have raised questions over the authenticity of his claim. She also attended Krishika Lulla’s birthday party later that night.
Home minister RR Patil has sought a probe into the basis of granting a parole to Dutt, who is serving the remainder 42 months of his five-year jail term for possessing illegal firearms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts.
“The parole given to Sanjay Dutt is in contravention to jail rules. This parole must be cancelled,” charged Munde, the BJP’s deputy leader in the Lok Sabha and MP from Beed in Marathwada, adding that there was a controversy brewing over whether the reasons for the parole. Munde, who held charge of the home portfolio during the erstwhile Shiv Sena-BJP government from 1995-99 in Maharashtra, sought that home minister RR Patil probe the issue and cancel the parole.
Vinod Tawade, leader of the opposition in the state legislative council, too alleged that the state government was protecting Dutt, who had been convicted for his involvement in an act of terrorism. He also pointed to Maanyata’s appearance at a movie premiere, saying that Patil needed to examine the reasons behind Dutt’s parole.
The 53-year-old actor had earlier been granted a 14-day medical furlough in the beginning of October, which was extended by another 14 days on health grounds. He was in his Mumbai home for all of October and returned to Yerawada jail, Pune on October 30.
Maanyata’s doc says tumour in her liver
Maanyata’s doctor Dr Ajay Chaughule said, “She was experiencing heaviness in the chest and abdomen three weeks ago. We found a tumour in her liver and we need to conduct a test to see if it is malignant or not. She is in severe pain but only further tests will show what the course of treatment should be.”