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Maharashtra to probe repeated Dutt furloughs

Maharashtra government on Friday ordered a probe into grant of repeated leave of furlough to Sanjay Dutt, serving term in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, following “information” about preferential treatment being extended to the actor by the authorities.

“I have information that 4-5 people have requested for furlough and out of them he (Dutt) is the only one who has been repeatedly granted furloughs. We need to find out under which law has he been granted this and, if he has been extended this facility, why has the same law not been applied to 
others,” Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde said.

Shinde said he has asked DIG (prisons), Pune, to hold inquiry and submit a report.

“If Sanjay Dutt is released on furlough and others are not, an inquiry needs to be done on what basis he has been granted furlough,” he said. The 55-year-old actor, convicted in the blasts case for illegally possessing an AK 56 rifle and destroying it, was released on a 14-day furlough by the Yerawada Central Jail authorities on Wednesday.

“I have information that Sanjay Dutt is repeatedly being granted furloughs, while other prisoners are being denied their right. Law has to be equal for everybody and all will be given an equal treatment,” Shinde said, adding it will be ascertained if rules had been flouted by certain officials to release the actor.

Dutt had been given a leave of furlough in October 2013 for 28 days on medical grounds, followed by a similar leave for 28 days in December 2013, to tend to his ailing wife Manyata. 
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