For the second time, convicted actor Sanjay Dutt has received an extension to his parole. He will now be returning to the Yerawada Central Prison only on March 21, instead of February 21.
The extension was granted after the authorities concerned received reports from the Bandra police, which had been instructed to forward the opinion of doctors from at least two different hospitals about his wife's medical condition, the grounds on which Dutt had sought parole extension.
Dutt was initially granted parole in December after he moved a petition saying his wife Maanyata's medical condition was serious and he needed to be with her. On December 21, he was granted parole and was required to return to jail by January 21. But he again sought extension on the grounds Maanyata needed an operation. His parole was extended and he was required to return on February 21, but before the deadline approached, he has been granted another extension.
Pune divisional commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh said: "Plea for extension of Sanjay Dutt's parole came before me on February 10. The verification was conducted by Bandra police who consulted two hospitals on Maanyata Dutt's health issues. His parole has been extended for 30 days as per the report from the police."
As per prison norms, the maximum period of parole, given during an emergency, to a prison inmate is 90 days (parole of 30 days and extension of 60 days). This means Dutt will not be eligible for any further extension of parole.