Sanjay Dutt walks free: Bollywood actor released from Yerawada Jail

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt walked out of Pune’s Yerawada Jail on Thursday morning at 8:35 am, after serving 42 months of his five-year prison term at Yerawada Central Prison following his conviction in a case related to the 1993 serial blasts.

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Dutt (convict number 16656) was serving his sentence housed in a solitary cell at Yerawada near the hanging yard since May 22, 2013.

Present to receive him outside the jail amidst tight security were his wife Manyata and their children, sister and former MP Priya Dutt and her family, film director Rajkumar Hirani, thousands of fans, a huge media contingent from across India and abroad.

Sanjay Dutt walks out of Yerawada Jail following his release. Pics/Yogen Shah

Sanjay Dutt walks out of Yerawada Jail following his release. Pics/Yogen Shah
Sanjay Dutt walks out of Yerawada Jail following his release. Pics/Yogen Shah

A huge crowd of fans and media professionals had gathered outside the prison premises to catch a glimpse of the actor. 

256 days were waived off from the 56-year-old actor’s sentence due to good behaviour in prison.

Fans and members of the media gathered outside Pune's Yerawada's Central Prison as Sanjay Dutt walks out. Pic/Chaitraly Deshmukh
Fans, policemen and members of the media gathered outside Pune’s Yerawada’s Central Prison as Sanjay Dutt walks out. Pic/Chaitraly Deshmukh

Sanjay Dutt boarded a chartered plane at Pune International Airport with his family. The actor is believed to have said, “Zulm Karke kisi ka bhala nahi hoga (No one benefits after committing crimes)”, before boarding.

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A large team of police officers were stationed outside Yerawada Jail before Sanjay Dutt’s release

Once in Mumbai, he will proceed straight to the famed Siddhi Vinayak temple to offer prayers.

Then he will visit the Bada Kabrastan in Marine Lines and pray at the grave of his mother the late actress Nargis Dutt.

He is scheduled to interact with the media later in the day.

Of the five-year sentence, Sanjay Dutt has served more than 50 months in two installments, excluding the parole and furlough he was granted at various times on different grounds.

He spent 18 months in jail as an undertrial before he was granted bail and later, following a Supreme Court order in May 2013, he was sent to the Yerawada Jail to serve the remaining 42 months of his five-year sentence.

(With IANS inputs)

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