to spend Christmas and New Year at home. The reason for the grant of this leave was his wife’s ill health — a claim that has been questioned.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said they would investigate charges that Sanjay Dutt was being served liquor in jail.
Still, if jail authorities want to be believed that the actor is like “any other prisoner” for them, they will get a chance when Dutt returns to Yerwada on January 22. During a year a prisoner can avail of both parole and furlough only once, though the parole can be extended by another 60 days in an emergency. Will Dutt get that concession too? Let’s wait and see.
Sunanda is Resident Editor, Pune