On Monday, the Bombay High Court directed the Maharashtra government to file an affidavit to justify its decision to grant actor Sanjay Dutt early release from prison in the 1993 serial bomb blasts case within two weeks.
The actor was sentenced to five years in jail for possession of arms, which were used in the blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700 on March 12, 1993.
Dutt had surrendered in May 2013, after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction.
He was let out in February last year, eight months early, on account of his good conduct while in Yerwada prison.
A division bench of judges comprising Justices R M Savant and Sadhana Jadhav had directed the state government last month to file an affidavit, explaining the grounds on which Dutt was granted early remission.
The direction was given on a public interest litigation filed by Pune resident, Pradeep Bhalekar, challenging regular paroles and furloughs granted to the actor when he was serving his sentence.