Sanjay along with wife Manyata, sister Priya Dutt and Bollywood director-producer Mahesh Bhatt left amid tight security. Dutt later would be taken to Yerwada Jail in Pune where he would spend next 42 months.
A large posse of policemen has been deployed outside actor Sanjay Dutt's residence at Imperial Heights building in suburban Bandra. Security has also been beefed up at Arthur Road Central Jail where Dutt is likely to be lodged after he gives himself up before the court.
Dutt was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case for possessing illegal weapons. Of the total term of five years, Dutt has already served 18 months in jail two decades ago and the Supreme Court, in its order of March 21, asked him to serve another 42 months.
The apex court had reduced the trial court's sentence of six years by one year. Authorities at the Arthur Jail received an anonymous letter on Wednesday saying that the actor's life had a threat there.
On Tuesday, Dutt had sought permission to surrender directly before the Yerwada Jail fearing a threat to his life although he withdrew his plea later, without giving any reasons.
Authorities at the Yerwada Jail have promised adequate security for Dutt though no special arrangement was made for the celebrity in the jail.
The actor had appealed for an extension of the time to surrender so that it could complete his pending films or otherwise it would cause immense loss to many people. The apex court gave him one month to wrap up all the work and that time-frame expires today at 4 pm.
On Tuesday, a producer of one of Dutt's under-production films also sought an extension for Dutt but was turned down. Dutt's petition seeking a review of the apex court's judgment was also rejected.