Thursday, March 21, 2013

1993 Mumbai blasts: Sanjay Dutt gets 5 years

NEW DELHI, March 21, 2013 PTI

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of Hindi actor Sanjay Dutt under the Arms Act in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts and sent him to five years in prison.

Dutt was asked to surrender in four weeks.

The actor, who was convicted under the Arms Act for illegally possessing weapons, had been awarded six years imprisonment by the TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court.

However, the apex court reduced the sentence from six years to five years. This effectively means that Dutt will be in jail for three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months imprisonment.

Dutt will fight for himself: Maneshinde

Sanjay Dutt is a strong man and has accepted the punishment awarded by the Supreme Court "as it is", the actor's lawyer Satishmane Shinde said on Thursday.

Mr. Maneshinde, who represented Dutt at the trial in the 1993 blasts case in the TADA court, said he had spoken to the actor who will have to undergo three-and-a-half more years in jail.

"Sanjay Dutt told me I have accepted the judgement as it is," Mr. Maneshinde said quoting the actor.

The lawyer said though they will pursue the legal course available, "I man not sure what relief he can claim."

"But Sanjay Dutt will abide by the apex court's order of undergoing the sentence of three-and-a-half years in letter and spirit. Three-and-a-half-years is not a long period," he said.

"We have prepared him (for sentence) from the very beginning. Sanjay Dutt is a strong man and will fight for himself," Mr. Maneshinde said.

Meanwhile, the actor himself remained closeted with his family at his penthouse in Pali Hill in suburban Bandra.

A battery of media persons was present outside the building for the actor's comments but he has not obliged them so far.
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