Mumbai: The final legal hurdle for actor Sanjay Dutt’s release from jail was cleared on 28 November with Special TADA judge Pramod Kode issuing the release orders for the Bollywood star and 16 others who were granted bail by the Supreme Court.
However, the actor may have to spend the night in jail as it is unlikely that the order would reach Pune jail before late evening today.
Dutt, sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment by the TADA court under the Arms Act for illegal possession of weapons , has been lodged in the Yerwada jail since 22 October, while others are kept in jails across Maharashtra.
The actor and 16 others were granted bail by the Supreme Court on 27 November.
Judge Kode said that the bail amount and surety for Dutt and the 16 others will be the same as that furnished by them during the course of the trial.
Dutt, had paid Rs5 lakh as bail and a surety of the same amount when he was granted bail for the first time by the Supreme Court in 1995. He will have to furnish the same amount this time.
Dutt’s lawyers led by Satish Maneshinde are expected to complete the court formalities, get the order and travel to Pune to secure the actor’s release.
However, it is unlikely that the actor would be released today as jail inmates are not released after sunset.