Pune: Maharashtra government on Monday extended Bollywood actor and 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case convict Sanjay Dutt's parole by another 30 days on the ground of his wife Manyata's illness.
Dutt was granted a month-long parole on December 6 last year, for a second time in a little over a month, which triggered protests outside Pune's Yerawada Jail forcing 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 tomorrow as his current month-long parole expires on Tuesday.
Pune Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh today sanctioned Dutt's plea for further extension of his leave by 30 more days on the ground of ill-health by his wife Manyata. Dutt had been convicted by the Supreme Court last year and sentenced to five years in prison for illegally possession of arms in a case related to the 1993 bomb blasts.
Dutt had already served 18 months of his term and is currently undergoing the remaining 42 months of his sentence. Earlier this month, Manyata was admitted to a private hospital in suburban Mumbai after being diagnosed with a tumour in liver and a suspected heart ailment....