Actor Sanjay Dutt had to spend yet another day in Yerawada jail on Tuesday as the Supreme Court order granting him interim bail did not reach the designated TADA court. As soon as the TADA court gets the order, it would instruct the prison to release Dutt.
Five other convicts — Sameer Hingora, Zebunisa Kazi, Ibrahim Musa Chavan, Yusuf Nullwala and Aziz Mohammed Ahmed Shaikh have also been granted an interim bail until the designated TADA court furnishes them copies of the judgment. The Supreme Court has passed a common order while hearing their appeals.
The order of the Supreme Court was furnished on Tuesday to all six appellants, Hingora’s counsel, Sujay Kantawala, told Hindustan Times. The original copy of the order would be submitted tomorrow to the designated TADA court, which would then issue instructions to the jails where the appellants are lodged.
Nullwala and Dutt are in Yerawada prison, while Hingora in Aurangabad jail, Kantawala said adding that Hingora had undergone a heart surgery earlier and had to undergo another one in the near future. Since Hingora is in Aurangabad, we have to go there to complete the prison formalities and hence he may come out of jail by Thursday, he said.
Dutt’s lawyer Farhana Shah said none of the six convicts had moved the TADA court on Tuesday with the Supreme Court. But in all likelihood the apex court order would be presented tomorrow to the TADA court with a request that they might be released, she said.
In Pune, Dutt fans gathered in large numbers outside Yerawada prison, and police had to resort to a mild lathi charge to disperse them. No one was injured. “We have not received the court’s order releasing Dutt on interim bail yet,” said a jail offical. The Supreme Court’s order would be routed through the TADA court in Mumbai, which sentenced him to six years jail term for possessing arms in the 1993 bomb blast case.