Early relief for Sanjay Dutt: 56-year-old actor to walk out of jail on 27 February

FP Staff

Jan,06 2016 16:07 43 IST

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is set to be released from jail on 27 February after the Maharashtra government remitted his sentence in the Mumbai serial blasts case.

The 56-year-old actor will be walking free from Yerwada jail in Pune a few days ahead of his official release days, NDTV.

File photo of Sanjay Dutt. Firstpost

File photo of Sanjay Dutt. Firstpost

Dutt will get an early release by the end of February after availing  over a hundred days of remission owing to 'good behaviour', reports CNN IBN.

Minister for State (Home) Ranjit Patil signed the file allowing Dutt's release, without penalising him for reporting late from his furlough in January 2015, reports India Today.

Dutt was convicted for his role in the 12 March Mumbai serial blasts and sentenced to six years in jail in 2007.

The actor, who served 18 months, was later out on bail fighting the conviction until a court in March 2013 ordered that  should be sent back to jail, reports The New Indian Express.

Dutt is now completing the remaining prison term of 42 months.

After he was sent to Yerawada jail in May 2013, Dutt had been out on parole twice and an equal number of times on furlough.

Dutt was acquitted of terror charges under the Tada, but was found guilty of possessing illegal arms, acquired ostensibly to protect his family during the communal conflagration in Mumbai after the demolition of the Babri Mosque on 6 December 1992, reports The Times of India.

Earlier reports said that Dutt would be released in March, a decision which was criticised  by some.

With inputs from PTI

Published Date: Jan 06, 2016 16:07 PM | Updated Date: Jan 06, 2016 16:08 PM