Sunjay Dutt walked free from Pune’s Yerawada jail this thursday, after completing his prison term. In 2007, a court had found Sanjay Dutt guilty of illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle and a pistol which was given to him by those involved in the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai that left 257 people dead and hundreds injured.
From May 2013 Sunjay Dutt was in jail as prisoner number 16656. He served 18 months in jail, but then was out on bail, fighting the conviction until a court in March 2013 ordered him back to jail in Pune.
His full sentence period was supposed to end in November this year, but after being granted absolution of seven days per month, his date of release was set around February end. The absolution was granted to him based on his behaviour in jail and the good work that he has done such as hosting the jail’s internal Radio station ‘Radio YCP.’
Sunjay Dutt spent a little over 33 months. While leaving the jail he kissed the ground, saluted the prison and then lifted a large bag on his shoulder to walk away to freedom.
“There is no easy walk to freedom, my friends,” the 56-year-old actor, accompanied by wife Maanayata Dutt, said as he tried to make his way through hordes of media personnel at the Pune airport.