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 on 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.