PUNE: Actor Sanjay Dutt is back in Yerawada jail after the state prisons department on Saturday rejected his plea for extension of furlough.
“The Mumbai police had not given a favourable report,” said deputy inspector general of prisons (western region) Rajendra Dhamne.
Dutt had applied for an extension of furlough on December 27 for undergoing medical tests for a heart ailment.
“I had issued a notice to the police on January 1, 2015, seeking their response on Dutt’s plea. After I failed to get a response, I sent an email to the assistant commissioner of police, Bandra division, on Friday. The ACP did not recommend an extension of furlough. I also studied the police report and examined other documents filed for seeking extension.”
“I studied the police report and examined other documents filed for seeking extension. I then took a decision to reject Dutt’s plea. The actor will now have to return to the prison for undergoing the sentence awarded by the Supreme Court,” Dhamne added.
A new circular issued by the prison department states that for those on furlough, failure to report back to jail on the 29th day after the “initial 14 days and a 14-day extension taken as granted” would attract a charge under Section 224 of the IPC.
This means that Dutt does not have to worry about prosecution even if his furlough extension plea was rejected. The 14-day period ended on Thursday.
The circular by additional director general of prisons Meeran Chaddha Borwankar sets the cut off date for dealing with convicts who jump furlough and parole. When out of jail on parole, the offence under section 224 (escaping from lawful custody) will be registered if they fail to show up at the prison doors at the end of 90 days – including the initial 30-day parole along with two extensions of 30 days each.
The circular states that a notice will have to be issued against the person standing surety for a prisoner who has absconded and proceedings can then be initiated against him.
The actor is serving a five-year sentence for his conviction under the Arms Act for illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle just before the March 1993 blasts in Mumbai.
He had applied for a furlough, a legally entitled leave which convicts are entitled to once every year, in October and it was sanctioned in December last year.
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