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Arthur Road Jail gets letter about threat to Sanjay Dutt's life

Inspector-general of police (Prisons) Vinod Lokhande today said that Arthur Road Central Jail authorities in Mumbai had received an anonymous letter alleging threat to actor Sanjay Dutt's life.

However, he did not divulge details. "We have taken cognisance of the letter received three days ago and shall be providing adequate security to Sanjay Dutt," said a top officer of Arthur Road jail.

Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt

Earlier today, Dutt told a court that he will surrender before it Thursday to undergo the remaining prison term in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

Dutt's lawyer Subhash Yadav submitted before the special TADA court that the 53-year-old actor wanted to withdraw his application filed Tuesday seeking leave to surrender before Yerwada jail in Pune instead of giving himself up in the TADA court. However, Yadav did not assign any reason for withdrawing the application.

The court also did not ask him why he was not pressing for his plea. As the court allowed Dutt to withdraw the application, the lawyer said the actor would surrender Thursday.

Dutt had made an oral plea in the same court earlier about surrendering before Yerwada prison authorities but it was turned down by the designated TADA Judge. Thereafter, he moved a written application which he abruptly withdrew today.

It is not clear in which jail Dutt would be lodged but authorities said he might be taken initially to Arthur Road Jail and then shifted to Yerwada prison, police sources said.

Normally, as per the practice, undertrials are kept at Arthur Road jail while convicts are lodged in Yerwada prison and other jails in Maharashtra, the sources said.

Dutt has been convicted under the Arms Act and sentenced to a five-year jail term. He has already undergone imprisonment for one-and-a-half-years.

The Supreme Court refused to grant more time to him to surrender to undergo the remaining three-and-a- half-year jail term.
On May 10, the apex court had dismissed Dutt's plea seeking review of its judgement on his conviction and five-year jail term. 

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