Political parties on Dutt's verdict
After Sanjay Dutt was found guilty under the Arms Act, several leaders voiced their views on the verdict, reports HT Political Bureau.india Updated: Dec 01, 2006 04:06 IST
"Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray from day one was saying that Sanjay Dutt should be booked for possession of arms and not under TADA as he was not the part of the conspiracy and with the honorable court judgment it has been proved that the stand of our party chief was correct. With convicting Sanjay Dutt for possessing arms and acquitting from TADA, I think justice has been done"-Madhukar Sarpotdar, senior Shiv Sena leader.
"After the blasts, I was the one who raised the issue in the House that Sanjay Dutt should be arrested and his role probed. He has always said he is innocent but he has been found guilty of possessing arms. How did those rifles come to him from those involved? Today's judgement proves he is not innocent"-Gopinath Munde, senior Bhartiya Janata Party leader.
"Everybody is equal before the law. Since Sanjay Dutt has been convicted under the Arms Act it means it could not be proved that he was involved. But the people who did it were in touch with him before and after the blasts. That raises a doubt. However, we respect the verdict. Just because he comes from the Congress family, we have no grudge against him"-Vinod Tawde, leader, Bhartiya Janata Party.
"I think justice has been done. We accept the court's verdict and don't want to contest it"-Arun Gujarathi, state president, Nationalist Congress Party.