The Maharashtra government filed an affidavit in Bombay High Court on Monday, justifying the early release of actor Sanjay Dutt from Yerwada Jail after he was released 8 months and 16 days before his prison term of five years in February 2016 for his involvement in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
According to the affidavit submitted by the Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, the early release of Sanjay Dutt was due to his “Good behavior and discipline in Jail, participation in Institutional activities, he performed all the allotted work in accordance with prescribed standards, thus earning early remissions according to the statutory rules”
Sanjay Dutt spent a little over one year in jail. He was a convict for more than two and a half year in jail out of which he spent 256 days out between June 2013 and February 2016, according to the affidavit.
The state rejected his “special remission” application in December 2015, however, the court decided to let him out on February 25, 2016.
Sanjay Dutt was convicted for illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle and his involvement in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.