Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt left Pune's Yerawada Central Jail on Tuesday after jail authorities granted him 14 days furlough on medical grounds.
Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt (C), surrounded by police officers, leaves after appearing in a court in Mumbai September 12, 2006 (REUTERS)
The 53-year-old Bollywood actor, who reached his home in Mumbai hours after he was granted two weeks' leave, said that he wanted to spend time with his family before returning to the prison to complete his remaining sentence.
"I respect the law of the land. I respect the honourable courts of India. I am a law abiding citizen and will complete my parole and will report back," ANI news quoted Dutt as saying.
"I want to request to the press that I have got some time which I want to spend with my family. I thank the press for its support. Thanks to all my fans and I love my fans," he added.
It was reported that Dutt had applied in August for a 30-day parole to avail medical treatment, but jail authorities granted him two weeks of leave instead. He is reportedly suffering from blood clots on his leg.
Furlough is a temporary leave that a prisoner can avail to visit his/her home. It is granted by jail authorities unlike the case of parole which is granted by the court owing to emergencies.
Dutt is currently serving a 42-month jail term after the Supreme Court sentenced him to five years for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts that killed around 257 people and injured more than 700. The actor, who had already spent 18 months in jail, surrendered before the special TADA court on 16 May to serve the remaining three-and-a-half year jail term.
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