Sanjay Dutt yet to furnish surety for parole

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PUNE: Actor Sanjay Dutt continues to remain in prison for the third night in a row since he was granted a 30-day parole on December 6, as he has yet to comply with his parole conditions and furnish a surety.

The authorities granted him parole as his wife Manyata is unwell. Parole is leave from prison, which is not counted as a set-off. One of the conditions is furnishing a surety. When he was released on furlough in October, his sister stood surety for him. This time it is not clear who the surety will be. The formality includes identification and solvency or cash details for the amount specified. The surety sought is of Rs5,000, the authorities said.

Yerawada central prison superintendent Yogesh Desai told TOI that Dutt’s release was held up as he had not complied with the parole order. Desai said Dutt or his family had not arranged for surety and had not intimated him when they were likely to fulfill the conditions.

Prabhakar Deshmukh granted parole to Dutt on December 6 after the Mumbai police and state prisons department, Pune, had recommended his release. The order was communicated to the jail the next day.

“The conditions must be fulfilled within a month or Dutt will have to seek a fresh order from divisional commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh for seeking extension of the parole period,” said Desai.

Yusuf Nullwalla (62), also convicted only under the Arms Act, like Dutt, and not under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (Tada) has been denied parole. TOI had in its Sunday edition erroneously mentioned that Nullwalla was convicted under Tada.

Like Dutt, he had no role in the March blasts, the special trial court had held.

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