Advertisement

HindustanTimes Wed,30 Jul 2014

Ball in Maharashtra Guv court for Sanjay Dutt pardon

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 23, 2013
First Published: 00:46 IST(23/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:43 IST(23/3/2013)

Key Bollywood personalities and Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju have sought pardon for actor Sanjay Dutt, handed a five-year term sentence by the Supreme Court for acquiring guns illegally.



The BJP, however, asked the sentence be implemented.


Dutt, who stole hearts with his Munnabhai series as an ungainly ruffian-turned-Gandhian pacifist, was first arrested in 1993 and has spent 18 months in jail.

The actor, who has four weeks to turn himself in, was found with weapons given by the gangsters who carried out the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.

In a letter to Maharashtra governor K Sankarnarayanan, former Supreme Court judge Katju urged clemency. Under article 161 of the Constitution, the governor has powers to waive off prison sentences. Dutt’s wife Manyata is also said to be contemplating a meeting with Kajtu.

“There is rule of law in the country. It is equal for everyone — be it a common man or an influential person,” said BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain.

Katju said the events took place 20 years ago and Dutt had “suffered a lot”. Also, he has not been held to be a terrorist and had no hand in the blasts.

“No doubt, he committed an offence by having a prohibited weapon without licence, but... there are extenuating circumstances,” Katju stated.

Law minister Ashwani Kumar declined to comment.


Advertisement
more from New Delhi

Delhi: 3-year-old boy dies after falling in boiling pot

A three-year-old boy lost his life when he fell in a cooking pot containing boiled sugar syrup after being hit by an e-rickshaw in east Delhi's Trilokpuri on Tuesday evening. The boy was in his mother's lap when they were hit by the e-rickshaw from behind.
Advertisement
Most Popular
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved