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Fans outside court cheer Sanju Baba

His fans and supporters were shouting "best wishes" for the actor who was visibly tensed, reports Megha Sood .

india Updated: Nov 28, 2006 19:57 IST
Megha Sood

"Sanjay’s blue shirt was a lucky charm for him. Why is he wearing some other shirt today?," shouted a Sanjay Dutt fan from the crowd waiting for their favourite actor as he got off the white Innova car on Tuesday.

With his head held low, Dutt walked towards the single security barricade at the entrance of the Tada court that was about to declare his fate within a few hours.

Making way through the crowd which comprised of his fans and media persons, the policemen escorted the 46-year-old actor inside the court. His fans and supporters were shouting "best wishes" for the actor who was visibly tensed.

The Jivraj Ramji Boricha road, where the Tada Court is located remained packed with onlookers and diehard fans of Sanju Baba till he came out. While some distributed pedas when he got relief from the court the others played his songs on their mobile phones till he emerged from the court after the case.

The police bandobast was also increased. While the 50 odd constables and officers from NM Joshi Marg police station controlled the crowd the traffic personnel managed the traffic.

At 10:50 am Dutt arrived at the gate of the court wearing a checked shirt, jeans and a long tilak on his fore head along with sisters Priya Dutt, Namrata and brother-in-law Kumar Gaurav.

The vehicular traffic on the road came to halt as masses of onlookers and fans surrounded his car just to catch a glimpse of the actor. All media persons geared up setting their cameras towards the left of the security barricades for the moment that would go down in history.

"This is a trying time for the Dutts. It is ironic that the person, who spread Mahatma Gandhi’s message of non-violence in his popular movie Munna Bhai has been convicted in the arms act. I am a great fan of Sanjay Dutt and I hope today he gets out scot free," said Rajiv Mehta, a Dutt fan, who had come from Borivali to show his support to the actor.

"I think Sajay is a great actor and a lovely person. I have organised for a jaap (prayer) for Dutt in Siddhivinayak Temple until Sanjay does not acquitted,’ said Mahesh Thakkar another of Dutt’s fans among the humongous crowd.

After the actor disappeared inside it was a long wait but the crowd did not disperse. Dutt’s fans continued to stand and pray for his acquittal from the case and even went to the extent of distributing sweets underlining the fact that they believed that he would get out safe. The fans did not even spare climbing the trees and overlooking from the opposite hotel Vandana’s window for a quick peek at the actor.

Several of Dutt’s supporters like Konika Gill, Sanjay Gupta, Ajay Marva and Baba Siddique also came to the court to wish the actor luck.

"It is only the Dutt family’s prayers and trust in God that Sanjay has not been convicted in Tada. I am here to support to the family," said Konika Gill, a television and film actress.

At 12:44 pm when the news of Dutt’s conviction started making rounds outside the court, chaos gripped the scene. While media persons were seen whispering to each other about the consequences, Dutt’s fans could not digest the news. They shouted slogans like ‘Baba is not a criminal’ ‘let Sanjay go’ and so on.

At last when Dutt emerged from the entrance after he was given time to surrender at 4:15 pm, mediapersons again came into action to capture his photo coming outside.

A black Ford stopped outside the gate, seated in it were Dutt’s family members waiting eagerly to see him. Not just Dutt’s relatives, but his fans also were excited to see him.

Email Megha Sood: megha .sood@hindustantimes.com