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Sanjay Dutt gets 14-day parole, reaches home

Sanjay Dutt

Actor Sanjay Dutt on Tuesday has reached home on a 14-day leave sanctioned to him on eligibility criteria for the treatment of his leg, jail authorities said.

Dutt told reporters that all prisoners are entitled to furlough, and added that he wanted to spend his time out of prison with his family. "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," Dutt said.

"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.

Dutt, serving sentence under the Arms Act for illegal possession of weapons in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, left the prison at around 9.30 am after his pending application for parole was sanctioned by the authorities, jail superintendent Yogesh Desai said.

"Good conduct is one of the criteria for granting parole, which is sanctioned from prisoner's accumulated leave," Desai added.

This comes days after a cultural programme, organised by prison administration to raise a welfare fund in which the Bollywood actor was to take part, was postponed.

The prison authorities postponed the show, earlier slated for September 26, citing security reasons.