Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan sent Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Prada’s letter seeking pardon for actor Sanjay Dutt to the State Home Department on March 28, according to a statement by the Governor’s office on Sunday.

However, the Governor did not make any comments and had “merely” sent the letter.

On March 26, Jaya Prada and Amar Singh met the Governor and submitted the letter asking him to use his discretionary powers of granting amnesty and pardon Mr. Dutt considering his background, contribution to the field of cinema and good conduct over the past 20 years.

They also attached a letter in the actor’s support from the Sevagram Ashram Pratishthan Trust, which was written to then President Pratibha Patil, seeking her intervention for a pardon for the actor since he had spread Mahatma Gandhi’s message through his films.

The Governor’s office, however, said it had also received over 20 representations opposing pardon for Mr. Dutt.

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