Heaving a sigh of relief at the acquittal of Sanjay Dutt under the provisions of TADA in the 1993 blasts here, his co-star in the Munnabhai series Arshad Warsi said he was grateful the actor had been convicted on "milder" charges.
"We thank the almighty that he has been given a milder conviction," Warsi said, referring to Sanjay being pronounced guilty by the court of Judge P D Kode under the Arms Act.
Talking to a news channel, Warsi said Sanjay's friends had all been praying for him.
"Thank god they did not say that he is a terrorist. He is not a terrorist, not a criminal...He is a clear cut good man," Warsi said.
Warsi, who played Circuit, the sidekick to Sanjay's Munnabhai in the two hit films, said, "Eveybody in his life makes stupid mistakes and every actor in the film industry at one point of time must have thought of possessing a weapon.It is the way the country is running," he said, referring to threats recently issued to filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.
Warsi hoped that Sanjay would return home soon "as the whole country loves him".