Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was released from prison this morning, stated that he is not a terrorist and wants to leave behind the bitter memories of being convicted in connection with the 1993 serial blasts case.
After stepping out of the Yerawada prison near Pune where he had been lodged since 2013, the 56-year-old actor arrived in Mumbai from a chartered flight and visited Siddhivinayak Temple and his mother's grave.
Here is what all the actor said following his release:
I am not a terrorist
I am not a terrorist. The Supreme Court had also acquitted me under (IPC) section 120-B of conspiracy and TADA. I request the media that whenever they write or mention anything about me, don't write 1993 blasts case before my name... I'm not into it.
Walking as a free man out of the prison
For 23 years I have been waiting for this moment... for freedom. I did everything (followed the law). It's a feeling that will take a while to sink in.
About his Father Sunil Dutt
I miss my father (Sunil Dutt) today. I wish he was alive to see this day...if he would have been (alive), he would have been the happiest person.
After stepping out of the Yerawada jail Sanjay kissed the earth
I love my dharti maa...I am born here, I'm proud to be an Indian.
On his mother Nargis Dutt
She (Dutt's mother) passed away when we were very small. I went to seek her blessings as I am a free man today.
On court absolving him of the terror tag
The court had said I am not a terrorist. That was a big thing. I wish my father was alive to hear this. Even the Supreme Court had endorsed it.
On criticism over being granted the furloughs
It's a misconception (that he got preferential treatment for leaves). It has nothing to do with me being a celebrity as I was also not allowed to do many things. May be, it (celebrity status) went against me.
Last day in jail yesterday
I did not sleep and he even did not have food for the last four days. I was like I will be out of jail...not come here again (jail).
On being a celebrity
I think this celebrity status made a lot of things difficult for me. I wasn't allowed to do many things, because I was a celebrity.