Sanjay Dutt shifted from 'anda' cell, to remain in Arthur Road jail for now
Mumbai: Maharashtra police on Monday said it would take at least 15 days to decide whether to keep actor Sanjay Dutt in the high security Arthur Road jail in Mumbai where he is presently lodged or to shift him elsewhere.
Also, Dutt, who was lodged in the 'anda' (egg-shaped) cell after he was brought to the Arthur Road jail last week, was shifted to another cell after his lawyer told the court that he was allegedly feeling 'suffocated' in the high security cell, reported Zee News.
"The 'anda' cell does not have enough light and Dutt felt suffocated due to insufficient ventilation," Rizwan Merchant told the TADA court, a day after he was put up at Arthur Road jail. Dutt, however, has not filed a written application.
Merchant had said that this cell was generally used to keep the hardened criminals or those arrested on terrorism-related charges. Dutt, he said, was not convicted under TADA, and was not a terrorist.
Dutt is serving his sentence in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case in Arthur Road jail. The actor has been restless at nights, reading religious books, police said.
"We will take some more time to take a call on whether to shift Dutt or not. He will not be shifted anywhere in the near future," Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Meera Borwankar told PTI.
Another jail official said dilemma to shift the actor or not will continue for at least another 15 days.
Reasons attributed for this were that the prison department has been gathering information such as number of convicts, security conditions, presence of inmates linked to underworld in various jails in the state like those located in Taloja (Navi Mumbai), Yerwada (Pune), Thane, Nagpur and Nashik.
"The authorities are studying various aspects, particularly security ground before taking any decision on the actor's shifting," the jail official added.
Though there are some convicts lodged in the city jail, usually it is used to house undertrials.
Dutt has to serve 42 more months in jail following his conviction in the 1993 bomb blast case being upheld by the Supreme Court, which, however, reduced his sentence by one year (to five years from six) in March this year.
He has already served 18 months of his sentence.
Updated Date: May 20, 2013 17:39:32 IST