He was due to return to Pune`s Yerawada Central Jail on January 21. The actor, however, sought an extension of another month citing his wife Maanyata’s ill health.

Dutt's release on parole in December had sparked protests outside Yerawada jail, forcing the government to order an inquiry.
    
His prolonged stay out of prison had triggered a controversy with a PIL challenging extension of his parole in the Bombay High Court. The PIL accusing the Superintendent of Yerawada jail and Pune Divisional Commissioner of abusing their powers was posted for hearing on February 25.

Known Bollywood actor Nana Patekar too had opposed Dutt’s extension of parole, saying he would not work with a convicted star. Patekar had spoken out against Dutt even at the time of his sentencing, saying he should not be given a favourable treatment for being an actor.

Dutt had been convicted by the Supreme Court last year and sentenced to five years in prison for illegally possessing arms in a case related to the 1993 bomb blasts.

Dutt had already served 18 months of his jail term. He is currently undergoing the remaining 42 months of his sentence.

JPN

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