Zee Media Bureau
Mumbai: Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt spent a sleepless night in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail after he surrendered to serve the remaining 42 months prison term. He was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
Sanjay has been lodged in the transit barrack of the high security prison. On arrival at the jail at around 11 pm yesterday night, Sanjay was escorted to his room. The Bollywood superstar ate home-cooked food for dinner and lay down to sleep. He wanted a bottle of water, which was given to him.
However, he was seen changing postures all through the night and even woke up and sat a few times.
As per report quoting a guard who accompanied Dutt in the van said that the actor had wept during the journey from the court to the jail.
Dutt is most likely to be shifted to Yerwada jail in Pune; however, the police are tight-lipped over the matter.
A hassled-looking Dutt came to court with wife Maanyata, sister Priya Dutt and the latter’s husband Owen Roncon. In a white kurta, Dutt bowed before the judge and was ushered to the accused box, where he sat along with his family members.
Apart from a series of items that Dutt sought permission to carry inside jail, his counsel Merchant told the court that the actor suffers from stenosis in both his limbs and pleaded for permission to use a thin mattress and thin pillow.
“I am coming to the court with folded hands. I am not seeking luxury... only want basic facilities. I have been suffering from this ailment since 2010 due to which there is rigidity in the nerves of my limbs. I am not seeking a luxurious mattress. I should be allowed to take along a thin mattress and a thin pillow,” Merchant said, representing Dutt.
The TADA court allowed the use of these articles for a month after which the treatment given to him will be as per the jail manual.
Merchant also sought that Dutt be allowed to carry electronic cigarettes citing migraine attacks and withdrawal symptoms if the actor, a chain smoker, stopped smoking suddenly. “Except the cigarettes, I am allowing everything,” the judge said. About smoking, the judge said, “Stop it.” Dutt smiled and bowed before him again before returning to his seat.
Sanjay Dutt has been allowed to carry the following items: Six pairs of undergarments, a kurta, a pair of pajamas, two reading glasses, two bars of soap, two toothbrushes, a toothpaste, two bottles of shampoo, a pair of slippers, three tubes of a mosquito repellant gel, a bedsheet, a mattress, a pillow, a copy each of the Hanuman Chalisa, the Bhagwad Gita and the Ramayana.
The court also allowed home-cooked for a period of one month.
The Supreme Court, on March 21 this year, upheld Dutt`s conviction in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. However, the apex court had reduced to five years the six-year jail term awarded by TADA court, and ruled out release on probation, saying the "nature" of his offence was "serious".
Dutt has already spent 18 months in jail, so he has another three and half years to serve.
The actor was convicted by the 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.