The Supreme Court has allowed Sanjay Dutt, a convict in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, to travel to New York as the UN’s “Goodwill Ambassador” to attend a conference on malnutrition.
A bench headed by CJI K.G. Balakrishnan directed the CBI on Wednesday to release Dutt’s passport and asked the actor, to return it to the agency after his return, latest by February 20, 2009.
Apart from the UN, the court has allowed Dutt to go to the UK, South Africa and Bangkok for the shooting of two films.
Dutt had to surrender his passport in November 2007 as a condition by the Supreme Court for his release on the bail. The court had asked him not to leave the country without its permission.
On behalf of Dutt, senior counsel Fail S. Nariman submitted that the actor has to go to New York to attend a conference on global malnutrition. The conference has been organised by UN and Dutt was to attend it as a “Goodwill Ambassador” of the world body and complete shooting of his two films.