File photo of Sanjay Dutt
Actor Sanjay Dutt, who is out of jail on a 14-day furlough, has now applied for another extension for two weeks.
The actor walked out of Pune's Yerwada Jail on December 24 to spend time with his family and visit the doctor. His initial leave ends on Thursday.
The actor is serving a five-year jail term after being convicted in May 2013 for illegal possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blast.
Sanjay Dutt reportedly spent over 118 days out of jail, either on parole or furlough between May 2013 and May 2014. He is meant to serve three and a half years in jail; he had already served 18 months as an undertrial.
The Maharashtra government had ordered a probe on December 25 into repeated furloughs granted to the actor. The actor was first granted a 14-day parole in October last year, which was extended for another 14 days so that he undergo treatment for leg pain.
He was again granted a 30-day parole last year in December which was extended twice on account of his wife Maanyata's illness.
In February this year, the Bombay High Court told the government that the diligence shown in granting the actor's requests was not seen in the cases of other convicts. The Centre too had then questioned the extended leave from jail for Sanjay Dutt.
Furlough can be granted periodically to a prisoner to allow him or her to retain family and social ties and avoid the ill-effects of continuous prison life.