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Sanjay Dutt walks out of jail, says ‘happy to be a free man after 23 years’

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Actor Sanjay Dutt’s prison term has finally come to an on February 25, 2016, and he has walked home a free man, after serving a consecutive jail term of 42 months in Yerawada, Pune. This was his third jail term in his lifetime.

Actor Sanjay Dutt, 56, walked free from Pune’s Yerawada Jail on Thursday (25th February) morning after completing his prison term following his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

He was serving as prisoner number 16656, had to complete his remaining 42 months of the sentence out of a total of five years of imprisonment that was awarded to him by a special court, and confirmed by Supreme Court (SC) in 2013. This was his third jail term in a case which stretched for 23 years. Earlier, during 2007-08, Dutt had served 18 months in jail.  Before that during the mid-90s, the actor was arrested under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act in April 1993, due to illegal possession of a 9mm pistol and a Type 56 assault rifle. After spending 18 months in jail, he was first granted bail in April 1995.

Walking free from Jail, the actor commented, “My biggest relief was when court said 'you are not a terrorist'. Miss my father who wanted to hear this all his life”. After being released from the Yerwada Central jail, Sanjay Dutt kissed the motherland ?#?India and saluted the national flag. He further tweeted - “On this day I remember my dad. The tricolor is my life. So when I came out after completing my jail term, I kissed the ground and saluted the flag”.

After getting released, he offered prayers at Mumbai’s Siddhi Vinayak Mandir. He was accompanied by his wife Maanyata and friends including producer Bunty Walia, etc.

The Bollywood Actor was granted remission from prison on basis of good behavior. The actor was sentenced for firearms offences linked to the 1993 Mumbai blasts that killed 257 people. He was granted a remission of 144 days on the basis of good behavior. He will also carry Rs. 440 earned as his salary working in multiple tasks during his jail stay in Yerawada, Pune. 

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