Maharashtra government rejects Sanjay Dutt’s application for extension of furlough

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The Maharashtra government on Saturday rejected Sanjay Dutt’s application to extend his furlough by 14 days, an official said.

“His application has been rejected. He will return to jail today itself,” his lawyer Hitesh Jain told.

Dutt’s furlough ended on Thursday, but due to lack of coordination between Pune jail authorities and Mumbai Police over taking a decision on his plea for prison leave extension, the actor spent two more days at home.

Annually, convicts lodged in jails can get 14 days furlough, which can be extended by another 14 days, while they are entitled to 90 days of parole. The purpose of parole and furlough is to mitigate the suffering which a convict’s incarceration causes to his or her family.

The 55-year-old ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ star, convicted for illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle and its destruction and lodged in Pune’s Yerwada Jail, was released on a 14-day furlough on December 24. He has sought an extension of his leave, although the authorities concerned are yet to take a decision on his plea.

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