State has no objection to terror actor being sent back to jail

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Actor Sanjay Dutt was jailed for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings, but was released eight months early. Photo: The Indian Express

The Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court on Thursday that it had not flouted the rules when it remitted actor Sanjay Dutt’s sentence for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings case, but it would not have any objection to Dutt being sent back to jail if there is judicial opposition to the move, ANI reported.

On June 12, the Bombay High Court asked the state government to justify its decision to release Dutt from Yerawada Central Prison in Pune eight months early. The High Court asked the government to submit a fresh affidavit explaining the criteria of good behavior applied in Dutt’s case.

The court reportedly said it did not intend to send him back to jail and that it only wished to confirm that the “due process of law was followed” in Dutt’s case preceding his release.

Dutt was sentenced to five years in jail for possessing an AK-56 rifle but was let out in February 2016 due to good behavior.

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