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Vidya Balan hopes for reduction of Sanjay Dutt's sentence

ANI  Mumbai, April 08, 2013
First Published: 12:50 IST(8/4/2013) | Last Updated: 19:04 IST(9/4/2013)

National award winning actress Vidya Balan hopes that fellow actor Sanjay Dutt's sentence of five years for possession of arms will be reduced.

It maybe recalled that Dutt wassentenced to five years imprisonment for procuring and retaining guns from gangsters involved in the 1993 bombings in Mumbai.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event held here over the weekend, Balan said: "We all have faith in justice and in the judiciary system. So, I don't think it is right for me to say anything on that. But, as someone who really considers him very special and dear, I just wish his jail term gets decreased, I know, there are many people involved in the case. All of us are reacting on a very personnel point of view."

The Supreme Court had on March 21 sentenced Dutt to five years term in jail for procuring and retaining guns from gangsters involved in the 1993 bombings in Mumbai.

At least 257 people were killed in 13 blasts at several Mumbai landmarks, including the Bombay Stock Exchange, a popular cinema and two crowded markets.

Balan said the bond that she shares with Dutt is very special and she would always stand by him through thick and thin.

"I really don't know, but, all I can say for Sanjay is that he is very special to me, and I will always be there for him, god bless him," said Balan.

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