The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its order on Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt’s plea seeking suspension of his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case to contest the Lok Sabha elections.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan reserved the order after hearing contentions of Dutt’s counsel and the CBI, which opposed his plea.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Dutt, contended that the actor was convicted under the Arms Act solely on his confessional statement and that he was absolved of serious charges under TADA.
Pleading for suspension of conviction, he further said the TADA court had held that Dutt was not involved in any conspiracy in the blasts’ case.
The CBI, however, opposed the plea, saying that the conviction was not only on the confessional statement but the court’s findings were based on recoveries, disclosures and corroborative evidences.