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Sanjay Dutt allowed to go abroad for shooting

On certain conditions, a TADA court has allowed film actor Sanjay Dutt to visit European countries for a film shooting assignment till May 24.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 16:59 IST

On certain conditions, a TADA court has allowed film actor Sanjay Dutt, accused in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, to visit European countries for a film shooting assignment till May 24.

The permission was granted by designated Judge PD Kode who asked the actor to file a detailed programme of his visit with the Registrar.

The actor's lawyer Farhana Shah pleaded that Sanjay had to go to London, Denmark, Copanhagen and Paris to shoot for an untitled film directed by Abbas-Mustan.

The court warned the actor to refrain from contacting absconding accused in the case and asked him to remain present in the court within 48 hours of getting notice in case it was required. In his absence, the court asked Sanjay to ensure that his lawyer was present.

Sanjay is facing charge of possessing AK-56 rifle and later destroying it with the help of his friends. The actor has denied the allegation and witnesses have also not supported the prosecution.

It is the case of the prosecution that some accused, including extradited gangster Abu Salem, had gone to Dutt's residence and handed over an AK-56 rifle.

The court is busy preparing to deliver the verdict and summons to accused to appear before it from time to time. About 13,000 pages of evidence has been recorded and more than 600 witnesses have deposed before the court.

Altogether 257 people were killed and 713 injured when a series of bomb blasts shattered 13 places in the city damaging property worth Rs 27 crore on March 12, 1993.