Pardon Proposal: Maharashtra HM enhances Sanjay Dutt's confusion

Sanjay Dutt
Mumbai, Oct 26: RR Patil, Maharashtra Home Minister, on Friday, Oct 25 put an end to all speculation regarding proposal of pardon for Sanjay Dutt. Patil, answering to queries, informed that his ministry has not received any communication from the central government on the issue of granting a remission of sentence or pardon to incarcerated the Bollywood actor.

The actor's sister Priya Dutt, who is also a Congress MP from Mumbai, did not approach state home ministry, informed Patil.

Patil's statement surfaced when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member and leader of the opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council Vinod Tawade opposed any proposal to grant Sanjay Dutt pardon.

Even Priya Dutt has not approached Maharashtra Home Ministry regarding proposal.

Tawade said any criminal, whether politician or actor, must not be condoned for the crime as it could send wrong signals to society at large, besides encouraging other convicts to seek pardon.

The actor was sentenced to five years in jail for illegal possession of firearms from a consignment that landed ahead of the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

Since May 16 this year, Dutt, 54, is serving the remaining 42 months of his term at the Yerawada Central Jail, Pune. He is out on parole on medical grounds till Oct 28.

OneIndia News
(With inputs from IANS)

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