Chaos prevailed as actor Sanjay Dutt travelled from his residence in Bandra to the sessions court at Fort in south Mumbai on Thursday afternoon.
By the time he entered the court, he had sustained injuries on his chest after the media pounced on him and a local reporter was allegedly assaulted by one of Dutt’s well-wishers.
As the media started gathering outside Dutt’s residence at Imperial Heights, Pali Hill, around 7am, complained of severe inconvenience caused to them.
Marius Petit, a 66-year-old engineer residing in the area, complained that he had been extremely troubled owing to the “ruckus” on the street outside. “My car, a Chevrolet Spark, was dented badly as people climbed on it. I had to pay Rs 37,000 to get it fixed. The door of my house and the rearview mirror of my bike were also broken,” said Petit.
It was around 2pm that the actor stepped out of his residence, accompanied by his wife, Manyata, filmmaker and close friend Mahesh Bhatt as well as friends – Bunty Walia and Rahul Aggarwal (who is also the producer of Dutt’s next, Policegiri) — and waved out to the media.
The actor, travelling in an Innova with his wife, then proceeded to the sessions court in a cavalcade of about eight to 10 vehicles that carried his close friends and well-wishers.
Travelling via the Bandra-Worli sea link, the private motorcade reached the sessions court around 2.30pm.
A reporter for a local news channel alleged that he was assaulted by Walia, his driver and another man near the sea link. “Walia’s car suddenly slowed down and our car brushed it slightly on the rear. This angered Walia and he assaulted me,” said Harish Kumar, the reporter. A non-cognisable case has been registered by the Worli police.
As Dutt’s SUV entered the court premises, media persons pounced on the vehicle, making it difficult for him to alight. His well-wishers then helped him get inside the court. He walked into court accompanied by Manyata, sister Priya Dutt and brothers-in-law Owen Roncon and Kumar Gaurav.