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Parole to Sanjay Dutt unjustified; a convict should also feel the pain through which victim's family undergoes: Neelam Katara
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has been once again granted a month's parole to look after her ailing wife Manyata Dutt. The actor convicted under the Arms Act. had returned to Yerawada central jail just a month back on October 30, 2013, after spending nearly a month at home on medical grounds.

Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh who granted him parole said that Dutt was given parole after receiving an recommendatory report from Mumbai police and the state prisons department. However, not everyone have welcomed this move. There were protests outside Yerawada jail against the  decision to provide a month's leave to Sanjay Dutt twice in the last three months.

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Social activist Neelam Katara feels that parole to Sanjay Dutt is not at all justifiable. She said,Neelam Katara “Giving a 30 days parole is too long, and for the reason it has been granted, a week's parole is enough.”

Ms. Katara has demanded that the entire law regarding parole should be revisited, specially for the powerful people. She said that things are becoming easy for celebrity prisoners. “Celebrity convicts and their families should also realise the pain through which victims' families undergo,” said Neelam Katara.  

BJP's spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said that Sanjay Dutt should have not been granted parole onMeenakshi Lekhi such a frequent basis. She also asked the administration to explain the reasons behind the parole granted to Sanjay Dutt.

“People are being treated differently by the jail authorities, a person who has been booked under the Arms Act should not be given such lineance. In Sanjay Dutt's case it is a complete collision between administration and the jail authorities,” said Meenakshi Lekhi.

Lekhi added that one can be given parole only once in a year, and furlough is another option, which can be given twice in an year, and that too only for a week. Parole is to be given, only after completion of a trimister of furlough period.

Sanjay Dutt who is undergoing sentence for his conviction under the Arms Act in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, could be released tomorrow, if the jail officials receive the order of parole sanction from the Divisional Commissioner's office.

Foucssing on the legal aspects associated with the parole Supreme Court's lawyer Rajeev Dhavan said, “Parole is given on the basis of personal behaviour and need of the person.”  

Imran Ali, an advocate with Supreme Court said that their is no legal provision of giving parole. “It is granted only by the state government and the jail authorities. Usually it is given once in a year or for six months,” said Advocate Ali.

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