AG Perarivalan, one of the life convicts in the Rajiv assassination case, has been questioning Sanjay Dutt’s early release from Yerwada prison in Pune, under the RTI Act for more than three years but prison authorities are refusing to divulge the details.
The letter was submitted by the prison officer during the hearing of the case on Wednesday before the Information Commission. Lawyer Nilesh Ukey, representing Perarivalan, wanted to know if such government decisions were taken by a convict.
However, jail officials also produced a copy of the State Prison Department’s decision to exempt from disclosure information pertaining to jails in Maharashtra.
Apart from other issues, personal details of all prisoners, including date of release, leave, details of health, private properties, interview and wages would be made available only to the lawyer. After hearing both the sides, the Commission reserved its order.
The actor was convicted under the Arms Act in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and was serving a five-year sentence in Yerwada prison when he was released in February 2016, three months before the end of his jail term.