Sanjay Dutt walks out from Pune’s Yerwada Central Jail with a salute

 Pune: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt was released from Pune’s Yerwada Central Jail on Thursday morning after serving a sentence of five years for being in possession of illegal arms in 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

His wife Maanyata and close friend Rajkumar Hirani welcomed him outside the prison.

“There is no easy walk to freedom, my friends,” he told the media after his release. 

The actor will fly back to Mumbai and visit Siddhivinayak Temple for blessings, following which he will head to Marine Lines to seek blessings at his mother's grave.

Dutt was arrested on April 19, 1993 for illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle, which was a part of the arms consignment brought to India prior to 1993 Mumbai blasts.

During the investigation of the case, he spent 18 months in jail. In 2007, a TADA court found him guilty and sentenced him to six-years of rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 25,000.

The Supreme Court in 2013 upheld the ruling by the Mumbai TADA court but reduced the sentence to 5 years.

The actor served 42 months in prison following the SC verdict.

(Image courtesy: ANI)

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