Even as news of convicted actor Sanjay Dutt's wife Manyata getting diagnosed with additional health problems started doing the rounds, discussions about extending of convicted actor's parole have already started in jail officer circles. Jail and other sources say that there is a strong possibility of Dutt moving an application asking for extension of parole keeping his wife's health condition.
However Rajendra Dhamane, deputy inspector general (prisons) when asked simply stated, "We have not yet received any such application."
Meanwhile other jail officials stated that in such a case, generally the application is moved before the divisional commissioner who then refers it to concerned jail officials for opinion.
Dutt is presently serving a 42-month sentence for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. He had surrendered before a special TADA court in Mumbai in May last year and was later shifted to a high security cell near Phasi Yard in Yerawada jail to serve the remainder of his term. On December 4, he was granted parole by the Divisional commissioner from Pune after the Mumbai police reports were in favour of Dutt. Later various organisation protested alleging favouritism on his parole getting granted. After the winter session got over, only then Dutt's family completed the formalists and parole was granted on December 21, 2013.
Even though he had been granted parole for 30 days, recently his wife's health deteriorated following which she has been admitted to Mumbai-based hospital.
Meanwhile a member of Dutt's team told dna on condition of anonymity, "It is only natural for him to be concerned about his wife's health and he will wish to be with her to ensure she gets the best medical treatment. Though he is planning to move an application seeking extension of parole but currently he is waiting for more details on her medical condition before responding. His legal team has started looking out for options," said the source.
Meanwhile senior official at Yerawada jail told dna, "It is every jail convict's right that they can move to extend their parole from 30 days to 90 days, depending on circumstances."