NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has has sentenced Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to five years imprisonment. He will have to undergo a jail term of more than three years after the Supreme Court today upheld his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case which it said was organised by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and others with the involvement of Pakistan’s ISI.
Sanjay Dutt who is 53-year-old, is the son of famous bollywood couple late Sunil Dutt and Nargis. Sanjay Dutt has already spent one and half years in jail and was out on bail. Sunil Dutt was a long standing Congressman and was a Union Minister.
Sanjay Dutt has got four weeks to surrender. The court said that the “circumstances and nature” of the offence was so “serious” that Dutt cannot be released on probation.
The apex court upheld the conviction of Sanjay Dutt under Arms Act in 1993 blasts case, but reduced the six year jail term given by TADA court to five years.
The apex court said it agreed with TADA court’s decision to acquit him of terror charges but offences under Arms Act were clearly made out for possessing and later destroying weapons of prohibited calibre.
The judgement was delivered by a bench of Justice PS Sathasivam and BS Chauhan. The judges only read out the excerpts of the voluminous judgement that lasted for one and a half hours.
Sanju Baba was sentenced to a jail term of six years for illegal possession of firearms acquired from terrorist acquaintances, who were responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts on July 31, 2007. But he was granted bail by the apex court on November 27, 2007.
Dutt was convicted by the TADA court for illegal possession a 9 mm Pistol and a AK-56 rifle which was part of the consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for the coordinated serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700.
The blasts occurred at 12 places including Bombay Stock Exchange building, Air-India Building at Nariman Point, at Worli opposite Century Bazaar, Hotels Sea Rock and Juhu Centaur.
Sanjay Dutt’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde said he has spoken to the actor who told him that he was strong enough to go through whatever the court has asked him to undergo.
“He has accepted the judgement, he said adding “he will go through the verdict and will consider all the legal recourses available to him”.
Ther is also a restriction on Sanjay Dutt that he will not be able to shoot pictures during the remaining three and a half years of prison term, as the statement given by the apex court.
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