Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who is out of jail on a 14-day furlough, left his home on Thursday back to prison. The jail authorities refused to extend his leave.
"Our department had asked the police authorities to give us a
report on his (Dutt's) extension. We wanted to know what are
the reasons sought by him and how genuine they are. But we have not
received any report as yet," a top official from Maharashtra home
Sanjay Dutt convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case for
illegally possessing an AK-56 rifle and destroying it, was released
on a 14-day leave of furlough by the Pune's Yerwada Central Jail
authorities on December 24, 2014.
Dutt, while leaving his home, told reporters that he had applied
for an extension of furlough on December 27, and that the
application is "still under process."
"We had requested for an extension of furlough on December 27
which is still under process. Since the law stipulates that I
should surrender myself before authorities if I am not granted an
extension, I am going to do so now," the actor said.
Dutt was previously granted furlough in October 2013 for 28 days
on health grounds, followed by a similar leave in December 2013, to
tend to his "ailing" wife Manyata.
A controversy had erupted when newspapers published photographs
of Manyata reportedly attending a film screening, thereby raising
eyebrows on the actor's claims as grounds for leave.
Dutt is undergoing the remainder of his five-year jail term for possessing illegal firearm that was part of a cache of weapons meant to be used during the 1993 blasts.