Sanjay Dutt Out Of Jail On 14-Day Leave Of Absence

24/12/2014 3:13 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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Indian Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt watches during an event in Mumbai, India, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Dutt has appealed to India's Supreme Court to give him some more time before he begins a prison sentence for a 1993 weapons conviction linked to a deadly terror attack. Dutt filed his appeal Monday, April 15, 2013 saying he needed time to complete his film commitments. The court sentenced Dutt to five years in prison for illegal possession of weapons supplied by Muslim mafia bosses linked to the terror attack that killed 257 people in Mumbai. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

PUNE -- Incarcerated Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was granted two weeks' furlough by the state prison authorities here late Tuesday, has been released from Yerwada Central Jail (YCJ), officials said Wednesday. A Mantralaya official, requesting anonymity, had said earlier Wednesday that Sanjay will be released later in the day.

Sanjay, who is currently serving a five-year jail term since nearly 18 months, had applied for the furlough in November.

Earlier, he had taken furlough on medical grounds in October 2013 for 28 days, followed by a similar leave for 28 days in December 2013, to tend to his ailing wife Manyata -- the latter had sparked protests.

His wife's prolonged illness prompted him to seek further parole in January for another 28 days.

Sanjay was convicted for illegal possession and destruction of an AK-56 army assault rifle during the 1993 Mumbai communal conflagration before the March 12, 1993 serial bomb blasts in the city.

Following a Supreme Court directive, he had surrendered May 16, 2013, and was shifted to the high-security YCJ in Pune to serve the remainder of his 42-month sentence.

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