Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who is serving his jail-term for illegally possessing arms in the 1993 Bombay blasts has been let out once again on a 30-day parole by Jail authorities at Pune's high-profile Yerwada jail.
This parole was granted after the actor filed an application on grounds that his wife Maanyata was unwell. The permission was granted by Pune's Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh.
The only condition of this 30-day parole is that Dutt has to report to Khar police station twice a week. Prior to this, Dutt was granted two weeks leave in October on medical grounds which was again extended by two weeks. He finally returned to jail on 30 October 2013.
In its March 21 verdict, the apex court dismissed Sanjay's plea seeking review of its judgement and asked him to complete his remaining jail sentence of 42 months.
Twitteratis lashed out against this development with tags such as #RIPJustice and #RIPIndianJudiciary. There was an influx of tweets directed at the justice system and disparity between treatment meted out to cases involving celebrities and poor citizens.
The angst was very much evident as many were seen questioning the grounds on which the parole was granted. Here are some of the tweets:
— Mitra Joshi (@mitrajo) December 6, 2013
Shame rich, influential People like Sanjay dutt gets 30 day holiday package (parole) and thousands of innocent are languishing in Jails
— नंदीता ठाकुर (@nanditathhakur) December 6, 2013
I think Sanjay Dutt is India's first freelance prisoner
— Sonali Thakker (@extremelibran) December 6, 2013
— Abraham Peter (@abb_n2005) December 6, 2013
Instead of this drama of Sanjay Dutt getting parole every month..can't they just fine him 100 crore or something and set him free
— रीवियुएरो (@reviewero) December 6, 2013
Why was Sanjay Dutt granted parole: 1 Because he's rich and famous 2 His sister is an MP 3 In India justice is a mockery 4 All of the above
— The Bad Doctor (@doctoratlarge) October 1, 2013
@DarshakHathi: Sanjay Dutt granted 30 days Parole(Holiday Package) by UPA govt. So far in 90 days he has spend 58 days out of jail."
— Tejapal Rajannavar (@TejapalRaj) December 6, 2013