Mumbai blasts : Supreme Court upholds Sanjay Dutt’s conviction.  The Supreme Court handed a five-year jail term to Sanjay Dutt and asked him to surrender in four weeks; he will be in jail for minimum of  three years and six months…

jail-for-sanjay-duttThe Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt under the Arms Act in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and sent him to five years imprisonment. He was asked to surrender in four weeks. Dutt, 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. The actor was convicted in November 2006 for illegal possession of a 9mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle but was acquitted of more serious charges of criminal conspiracy under the now defunct anti-terror TADA. The apex court pronounced its verdict  on a bunch of appeals and cross-appeals filed by and against 100 people including Dutt who were convicted by the special TADA court in 2006. On March 12, 1993, Mumbai was rocked by a series of blasts, engineered by fundamentalist elements, which also damaged property worth over Rs. 27 crore.


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