SC to hear Dutt's bail plea on November 27
The court says it will hear all the appeals filed by the convicts along with that of Dutt and apply the same parameter for granting bail.india Updated: Nov 20, 2007 14:06 IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will hear on November 27 the bail petition filed by actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been sentenced to six years imprisonment in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
The court said it will hear all the appeals filed by the convicts along with that of Dutt on next Tuesday and apply the same parameter for granting bail.
"We will pass a general order and anyone coming within that parameter will get relief/bail," a Bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan said.
The Bollywood actor said though he has been sentenced to six years imprisonment by the designated TADA Judge PD Kode under the Arms Act, he still hoped that the apex court would release him on probation by setting aside the order of conviction.
He has submitted that the TADA judge as per the law did not obtain a report from the probation officer before rejecting his plea for release on probation.
As the appeal filed by him on August 7 would take a considerably long time as the judgement of the TADA court ran into 10,000 pages, Dutt said he should be released on bail to avoid his further incarceration.
The TADA court has held him guilty of possessing an AK 56 rifle and a pistol under the Arms Act but acquitted him of charges under the TADA.
The court asked CBI to provide in tabular form the offence and sentences awarded to different convicts.