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Jaya Bachchan to meet Maharashtra Guv for Sanjay Dutt's pardon

PTI  New Delhi/Dubai, March 22, 2013
First Published: 22:27 IST(22/3/2013) | Last Updated: 09:11 IST(23/3/2013)

Actor-turned MP Jaya Bachchan on Friday said she would meet the Maharashtra Governor to take up the issue of pardoning Sanjay Dutt who has been given a five year sentence by the Supreme Court under the Arms Act in the Mumbai blasts case.

"He (Dutt) has already been punished enough. Twenty years is almost like life imprisonment. I mean he suffered for twenty years and I think to do this to him at this time..... I am going to personally meet the Governor," Bachchan told reporters outside Parliament House.

Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha has also joined Press Council of India chief Justice Markandey Katju in appealing to the Maharashtra Governor to pardon film star Sanjay Dutt after the Supreme Court upheld his sentencing in 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

"Katju is a learned man and a former Supreme Court Judge. His support to Sanjay Dutt at this juncture is laudable...I join him (Katju) in appealing pardon for Dutt," Sinha, BJP MP from Patna Saheb, told PTI in Dubai.

"I am deeply touched by Katju appeal and hope it will draw kind attention of the Maharashtra Governor," Sinha, who described Sanjay Dutt's late father Sunil Dutt as his "guardian", said while making an emotional appeal for his Bollywood colleague.

In a statement on Thursday, Katju sought pardon for Dutt under Article 161 of the Constitution saying that he had not been found guilty of having played a role in the 1993 blasts and had suffered a lot.

Sinha popularly known as Shotgun Sinha and who has acted with Dutt in a number of films like Adharm ... said Sanjay Dutt, who has already served a jail term of 18 months in connection with the Mumbai blast case, has now moved ahead in life with wife and two children.

Dutt, 53, will have to spend three-and-a-half years in jail after the apex court yesterday reduced to five years the six year jail term awarded to him by a designated TADA court in 2006. Dutt has already spent one and half years in jail and was out on bail. The court has given the actor four weeks time to surrender.

Dutt received support from some Congress leaders, including ministers, as well as some political parties.

Batting for Dutt, actor and tourism minister K Chiranjeevi said the "Supreme Court has given a final verdict. You have to respect it but at the same time being a friend of Sanjay Dutt, I will definitely see that he should get the mercy of the Governor and other people. Once he gets the mercy, nothing like that."


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