Amidst growing demand from various quarters seeking pardon for actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case by Supreme Court, eminent producer-director Mahesh Bhatt today said the matter is closed now as Dutt did not seek mercy.
"The Supreme Court has given the verdict and it is very clear. He has accepted it. So now the matter is closed. He is readying himself to walk into the prison like a man," Bhatt told reporters here. "If his mercy petition is heard then we would be very happy otherwise he would have to serve the jail term like everybody else," he said adding he has a very special relationship with the actor, who has performed in his films like Sadak, Kartoos and Kabzaa.
Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan has sent 60 representations and petitions received by him from various individuals and organisations to the state home department. The petitions and representations either seek or oppose clemency for the Bollywood actor. Press Council of India chairman Justice(retd) Markandeya Katju, expelled Samajwadi Party's leader Amar Singh, Lok Sabha MP Jaya Prada and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are among those who sought mercy for Dutt.