Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, charged with possessing an AK-56 rifle in the 1993 bomb blast case and destroying it with the help of friends, on Wednesday appeared before a TADA court in Mumbai in response to summons issued to him.
The summons were issued by designated Judge PD Kode, who had asked Sanjay and 25 other accused to appear before him for giving their attendance on Wednesday.
The 25 other accused also appeared before the court, which is giving the verdict in phases and has exempted accused on bail, including Dutt, from personal appearance. However, they are summoned to the court periodically.
The court has so far not declared when it would give the verdict on the alleged complicity of Sanjay and a group of his friends who helped him in destroying the weapon.
It is the case of CBI that co-accused Baba Musa Chohan, Samir Hingora and Hanif Kadawala had gone to Sanjay's Bandra residence in Mumbai at the instance of prime conspirator Anees Ibrahim and delivered three rifles and ammuntion to the actor. Sanjay allegedly retained one rifle and returned the rest.
It is also alleged that the weapons returned by Sanjay were then transported by co-accused Mansoor Ahmed to the house of another accused, Zebunisa Kazi. While Mansoor is in custody, Kazi has been granted bail.
Sanjay is also charged with destroying the weapon with the help of his friends—Yusuf Nullwala, Ajay Marwah, Kersi Adajania and Rusi Mulla. All of them have been granted bail.
CBI alleged that Sanjay was shooting in Mauritius when he learnt about his complicity from media reports. He asked his friends to go to his house and destroy the weapon. Later, the rifle was destroyed in a foundry.