Zee Media Bureau
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was sentenced to five years in Yerwada jail for illegal possession of arms in relation to the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, has been granted 14-day parole for medical reasons.
While addressing the media after reaching Mumbai, Sanjay said, "I want to spend some time with my family. Let me spend this time with my family. I want to thank my fans for all their support."
"I am a law abiding citizen. I respect the law and courts of India. I will complete my parole and will report back in jail," Sanjay added.
Dutt had submitted an application requesting for a parole in the month of August.
The actor was convicted by a TADA court for illegally possessing a 9 mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle, a part of the consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for coordinated serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700 in March 1993.
The Supreme Court had in March this year upheld his conviction under the Arms Act but reduced the original six-year sentence to five years.
He had already served a-year-and-half behind the bars before the apex court`s judgement and is undergoing the remaining sentence of 42 months.
Dutt was sent to Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai on May 16 after he surrendered before a designated TADA court and was shifted to Yerawada prison six days later.
(With agency inputs)