The Maharashtra government on Monday extended Bollywood actor and 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case convict Sanjay Dutt’s parole by 30 more days on the ground of his wife Maanyata’s illness.
Dutt was granted a month-long parole on December 6 last year as well, for a second time in little over a month, which had triggered protests outside Pune’s Yerwada jail and forced the government to order an inquiry.
Earlier, he had availed of a month-long leave of furlough on medical grounds and was back in jail on October 30. The 53-year-old actor was supposed to return to the jail on Tuesday as his current month-long parole expires on that day.
Pune divisional commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh on Monday sanctioned Dutt’s plea for further extension of his parole, on Monday.
The Supreme Court had convicted Dutt last year and sentenced him to five years in prison for illegal possession of arms in a case related to the 1993 bomb blasts. Dutt has already served 18 months of his term and is currently undergoing the remaining 42 months. Earlier this month, Maanyata was admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai after being diagnosed with a tumour in liver and a suspected heart ailment.
Meanwhile, another convict of the 1993 serial blasts case, Zaibunissa Kazi, too was granted parole. The Yerwada jail administration on Monday informed the Bombay high court that it had allowed parole leave for a month to Kazi. She had sought leave on the ground of attending to her 90-year-old mother who is suffering from various ailments.
Seventy-two-year-old Kazi had surrendered before a Tada (Terrorism and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act) court in May 2013, after the Supreme Court convicted her in April. She was charged under the Tada Act for aiding and abetting terrorism activity and has been sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment.
She was denied parole in October 2013. Kazi had then filed an appeal before the appropriate authority in November. As the appeal is still pending, she moved the high court seeking an early decision, said Kazi’s advocate N Gavankar.
On March 12, 1993, 12 coordinated blasts hit various parts of the city, killing at least 257 people and injuring more than 700.
Doctors continue tests on his wife Maanyata
Doctors at Global Hospital in Parel are still conducting several tests to confirm the diagnosis for Maanyata Dutt, who has been admitted with them since January 7
Maanyata was admitted after she complained of uneasiness, recurrent fever and extreme weakness
Dr Ajay Chaugule, the cardiologist under whom she is admitted, said, “We are yet to pinpoint what she is suffering from. We are waiting for a report that will come in two days. Only after that we can decide on the course of treatment and how long she will have to stay in hospital.”
Earlier, on January 7, she underwent a procedure to drain out the fluid that had accumulated in her left lung.