Wednesday, April 17, 2013

SC gives Sanjay Dutt a month to surrender

NEW DELHI, April 17, 2013 PTI

A day before the deadline for his surrender ended, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt on Wednesday got partial relief from the Supreme Court, which granted him four weeks time on "humanitarian" grounds to surrender before jail authorities to undergo 42 months remaining sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

Dutt had sought six months time to surrender to complete his seven movies. The Supreme Court accepted the plea of humanitarian grounds raised by him for extending the time for surrender, which was to expire on Thursday but made it clear that no further extension will be granted to him.

"Considering the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case and reasons stated in the petition, we are not inclined to extend the time by six months. However, we extend the time by four weeks from tomorrow. It is made clear that no further extension will be granted," a bench comprising Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan said.

The bench also noted in its order that senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Dutt, has agreed to the same that no further extension will be sought.

However, CBI counsel and Additional Solicitor-General Haren Raval said he has "written instructions to oppose" Dutt's plea.

"The present application seeks review of your judgement. It is not a right approach," the ASG submitted.

However, the bench said "We can extend the time for his surrender."
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