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May 17, 2013 at 09:49am IST

Sanjay Dutt likely to be shifted to Pune's Yerwada Jail soon

Mumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt spent his first night in jail in Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail on Thursday. He is awaiting an order which decides as to which jail will he be permanently shifted to.

He is most likely to be taken to Pune's Yerwada Jail in a day or two, where he will serve his three-and-a-half-year sentence. He has been allowed home-cooked meals and medicines from home for a month.

His lawyer said the court has not given any favours for Dutt. "The court has not given any favour to anybody. There are no specific facilities for anyone," Sanjay Dutt's lawyer Rizwan Merchant said.

Sanjay Dutt on Thursday went back to jail to serve 42 months sentence in the 1993 Bombay blasts case, several hours after he surrendered before a TADA court, abiding by the deadline set by the Supreme Court. The court allowed the actor access to medicines, home-food, fan and take his mattress and pillow during his stay in the jail.

The 53-year-old actor was also allowed to take with him copies of the Bhagwad Gita, Ramayan and Hanuman Chalisa besides his toiletries including toothpaste, shampoo, slippers, kurta, pyjama and mosquito repellants. However, TADA Judge G A Sanap rejected Dutt's request for an electronic cigarette (Dutt is a chain smoker). Instead, the judge advised him to quit smoking.

Capping another phase in the Bollywood actor's chequered life, Dutt drove to the court in South Mumbai in the afternoon accompanied by his wife Manyata, sister and Congress MP Priya and brother-in-law Owen Roncon. He was sent to the Arthur Road Central Prison by court after completion of formalities, which took several hours.

(With additional information from PTI)