21 March 2013: Sanjay Dutt convicted in Mumbai blasts case
The Supreme Court of India today upheld the judgment of TADA court but reduced the sentence from six years to five years sentence. The actor has to surrender before the authorities in four weeks. The court also observed that considering the nature of offence he cannot be released on probation.
Sanjay Dutt already spent 18 months in prison during his trial period and hence he has to spend three & a half years in prison.
The court further upheld the TADA court’s decision in acquitting him of terrorism charges since he was no way connected to the case but the charges under Arms Act for illegal possession of firearms and destroying the same were proved and convicted under Arms Act for five years. He was found in possession of 9mm pistol & an AK-56 rifle.
It may be remembered that after TADA court convicted him he was enlarged on bail by the Supreme court on 27th November 2007.
In 1993 Mumbai series blast incident there were total 13 explosions in metropolitan city and 257 people were killed injuring 713.
Sanjay Dutt’s lawyer stated that the actor will accept the judgement of Supreme Court as it is and undergo three and a half more years imprisonment.
Director Mahesh Bhatt said: “Heart Broken: Just heard that Sanjay Dutt has to go to jail for 5 years. I expected mercy! Alas it did not happen.”
Karan Johar said: “I am truly shattered to hear of Sanju’s sentence…the nicest guy i have known just doesnt deserve this…my heart goes out to him”