Nothing odd in Dutt’s parole: Jail official

While the State Home Minister has ordered an inquiry into the parole issued to actor Sanjay Dutt, jail authorities here reiterated that all procedures were followed. The officials said the power to grant a parole rests with the divisional commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh.

A number of people had gathered outside the jail premises on Saturday protesting against Dutt's parole. Sahebrao Pawale, whose father is serving a life sentence, said, "Getting a parole is always difficult. They take months to grant it. Why was it done in such a hurry in Dutt's case?"

Vijay Pamnani, lawyer of 1993 blast convict Parvez Nazir Shaikh, said, "They don't even allow meetings with lawyers. And there are a lot of delays in granting paroles. Why special treatment for Dutt?"

Jail superintendent Yogesh Desai said, "The power of granting a parole lies exclusively with the divisional commissioner. As per the jail an inmate can apply for a parole even after he has come back from a furlough. So there the allegation that procedures were not followed is baseless. The parole is based on a report from the police station, an internal report by us and a report of the doctor about the illness. We forward all these reports to the divisional commissioner and he then takes the call."

Desai said there is nothing odd in Dutt getting a parole after his furlough. "Inmates with even more serious charges have gone on paroles after returning from a furlough. Its just that Dutt gets more attention of the media," he said.

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