Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Monday said actor Sanjay Dutt had been "foolish" for getting involved with the accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts but he still regarded him as a "great man".
The Supreme Court sentenced Sanjay Dutt to five years' imprisonment on March 21 in connection with possession of illegal arms. He has been asked to surrender to the law within four weeks. (HT Photo
"Sanjay Dutt just acted foolish," Singh was quoted by CNN-IBN as saying. Singh told the TV news channel that Dutt was being targeted because of his late father Sunil Dutt's efforts to create communal harmony. Singh's statement may create controversy while Dutt's friends and supporters are building a campaign to have his prison sentence in the serial blasts case reduced.
On March 21, the Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Sanjay in the Arms Act violation case 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 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 he will be in jail for three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months' imprisonment.