Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt was released from Punes high-security Yerwada Central Jail on Thursday morning, eight months short of completing his five-year sentence for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
The 56-year-old Dutt has often been accused of being given preferential treatment during his prison term mired in controversy in which he spent more than three months on furloughs and paroles.
A posse of security personnel shielded Dutt as he emerged from the prison with a palpable sense of relief at 8:30 a.m. after fulfilling the requisite formalities.
There was a touch of drama as the actor, who was granted reprieve on grounds of good behaviour, saluted the prison on coming out and then trudged ahead with a large bag on his shoulders.
There is no easy walk to freedom, my friends, said a terse Dutt at the Pune airport, while straining to escape the battery of journalists .
Dutt was met by his wife Manyata, while director Rajkumar Hirani, who helmed him in the popular Munnabhai blockbusters, was there to greet him at the Pune Airport.
The actor flew to Mumbai in a chartered plane visit. Reports say he will visit Mumbais famous Siddhivinayak temple to offer prayers. From there, he will head to his mother Nargis Dutts grave in Marine Lines before heading to his home in Pali Hill.
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