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Heavy security ahead of Sanjay Dutt's hearing

india Updated: Nov 28, 2006 13:54 IST
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Hundreds of curious onlookers and Sanjay Dutt fans gathered outside the heavily guarded special court here Tuesday morning ahead of the expected verdict on the actor's alleged complicity in the 1993 serial bombings.

The 47-year-old Dutt faces charges of possessing an AK-56 rifle, ammunition and hand grenades, which were part of the smuggled arms consignment meant for the bombings.

If convicted, the star faces a minimum of five years to a maximum life imprisonment.

The hearing is scheduled to begin around 11 am. The cases of five other co-accused, four whom are directly connected with the actor's case, will also come up on Tuesday.

The fifth one, Somnath Baburam Thapa, is a senior customs official. He is said to have allowed the consignment of arms and RDX used for triggering the blasts to be smuggled into Mumbai by Tiger Memon and his aides.

The area outside the court has been completely cordoned off as many onlookers, mostly Dutt's fans, crowded around.

Dutt is among 14 of the 123 accused on trial for the blasts that killed 257 people and injured hundreds.

So far, the special Terrorism and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court has convicted 86 and acquitted 23 either for lack of evidence or being given the benefit of doubt.