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Sanjay Dutt parole: Tough times ahead for actor?

State appoints nine-member panel to scrutinise parole approval norms after HC criticised and pulled the government for approving back-to-back parole extensions to Dutt

After being pulled up by the Bombay High Court over repeated parole extensions to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, the state has appointed a high-level committee to pinpoint lacunas in the existing system used to review and approve parole applications.

The nine-member panel will be headed by additional chief secretary (appeals and security), principal secretaries of law and judiciary, public health as its members.


No more breathers: Citing his wife Manyata failing health, Sanjay Dutt applied for extensions to his parole and it was approved. File pic

The other members include additional DG and IG (prisons), additional DG (admin), divisional commissioner Pune, deputy IG (prisons) Pune and director public health. While joint secretary (Prisons) would officiate as member secretary of the committee.

What they’ll do
The panel has been asked to work on a five-point protocol, besides studying lacunas in the existing procedure, for parole approval.

The committee would be scrutinising existing norms and observations made by the HC.

Once done, it would be suggesting measures to avoid delay in dealing with applications submitted for parole, mode of review for pending applications and procedure to verify medical certificates submitted by prisoners seeking extensions.

The committee has been given three months time to submit its report.

How it happened
The panel was formed after the HC issued directives on February 25, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) against extensions given to Dutt on a regular basis.

The HC had, while hearing a criminal writ petition, asked the state to chalk out measures to avoid delay in processing applications for parole, on November 18, 2013.

The issue got prominence after the state machinery approved paroles to Dutt and even accepted his request for extension.

Dutt had availed 60 days parole out of the permissible limit of 90 days in a calendar year citing his wife Manyata's ill-health.

The third extension to his parole was granted last month by the authorities, thus ending his permissible limit of parole.

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3 Comments

  • Citizen15-Mar-2014

    No one is above the law. Sanju bhai you have to face the law no matter whoever you are. Your had a difficult past thats known to everyone by media. Sanjay Dutt should complete his punishment term. On the Screen he is a hit actor that doesnt mean he can do anything. No heart feelings. Law is equal to everyone. The same applies to Salman Khan and others.

  • vivek17-Mar-2014

    Instead of questioning Parole process , Why Send celebrity to the jail that too after 20 years of commiting crime. Meanwhile allow him to lead posh life. Isn't a criminal bad to the society to be kept in jail.

  • Mona17-Mar-2014

    To put things straight - to be granted parole is absolutely according to the law. Said parole can be extended two times to a maximum of 90 days, which is exactly what happened here. This is not a story about a star who tries to trick the system. It's the story about a man who tries to care for his sick wife and was granted permission to do so. Bad luck that he's a famous actor, and that authorities wet their pants at the thought of accidentally doing him a favor.

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