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Sanjay Dutt's parole: Congress says it's not because of his political connections; BJP terms it as miscarriage of justice
Bombay High Court has questioned the Maharashtra government for giving 105 days parole to bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. This was in response to a PIL filed in the court, which questioned the discretion used by the authorities in granting parole and furlough to actor Sanjay Dutt.
The petition was filed by Pune-based lawyer Tushar Pabale, who also urged the court to frame guidelines for grant of parole and furlough. Meanwhile the Center has also sought a report from the Maharashtra Government over the repeated parole being given to actor Sanjay Dutt, over this issue.

The opposition parties, have alleged that the state government is giving repeated parole to Dutt, because of his political connections and proximity to the ruling Congress.

Refuting these charges Congress MP Renuka Choudhury said that Dutt has been given parole because of the ill-health of her wife Manyata Dutt and not because of her Congress connections as speculated.

"Its all rubbish, he is not getting parole because of any friendship, and if he had that kind of friendship, why would he go to jail then. I know that people are talking like that, but her wife is seriously ill and I don't think anybody can cook such stories in such situation. He has got a very sick wife, and very young children. And he had enough tragedy with his first wife, as she died with terrible illness, so he will obviously take care of his family now," said Renuka Choudhury.

Meanwhile commenting on the Dutt's frequent parole, the BJP has termed it as miscarriage of justice. Meenakshi Lekhi, the party's spokesperson accused Maharashtra administration of giving undue favor to Dutt.

"It is a miscarriage of justice. Parole is the perspective of Maharashtra administration, and it is Maharashtra administration which needs to answer this, that some criminals can't be more honorable than the other and administration cannot bend rules to accommodate some particular person and not give the same benefit to others. I am sure that the court will look into it," said Lekhi.

Sanjay Dutt has been sentenced to six years imprisonment in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blast case. Reportedly Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil had said on Monday that the government was looking into the matter and a detailed report over the repeated paroles being given to Sanjay Dutt will be sent to the Union Home Minister.

He has also said that an inquiry would be conducted, and the Divisional Commissioner of Pune and the police who granted him (Sanjay Dutt) will be questioned.

Sanjay Dutt was first granted parole in December 2013 to attend to his ailing wife, and then he received two extensions to that, and he will remain outside jail till 21 March 2014.




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