A division bench of justices V M Kanade and Revati Mohite Dere sought to know from petitioner Pradeep Bhalekar, a social activist, why he approached the court at the last minute.

Dutt, who served the five-year sentence awarded to him by Supreme Court in the 1993 bomb blasts case, was released
this morning from the Yerawada prison near Pune after the Maharashtra Home Department granted him remission considering his good behaviour.

Bhalekar, in his petition filed yesterday through advocate Nitin Satpute, challenged the government's decision and sought for it to be quashed and set aside.

Advocate Satpute mentioned the petition before the bench today seeking urgent hearing, but the court refused and said nothing urgent remained in the petition as Dutt has been already released.

Satpute told the court that his client had gone to Mantralaya earlier this week with a representation. "He (Bhalekar) wanted to personally come yesterday to high court to mention his petition, but the police detained him when he left his house," the advocate claimed.

The High Court then posted the petition for hearing on February 29. The 56-year-old actor walked out of Yerawada prison today. His release came 103 days ahead of the end of his full prison term.

According to Maharashtra Home Department, he was given remission on account of good conduct.

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