This refers to the report “Sanjay Dutt goes home on parole” (some editions, Dec. 22). The Bollywood actor appears to be going home too often rather than serving his sentence in jail as others who are convicted would do. While he may have his personal reasons, one is equally sure that other prisoners may have similar emergencies. In a system where the rich and the poor are to be treated as equal, “influence-enza” is becoming a reason to exploit loopholes. How can law-abiding citizens approve of such a discriminatory privilege?
Under jail manuals, parole or furlough is to be granted only under exceptional circumstances. It is time the Supreme Court framed guidelines on the granting of parole.
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