The governor of Maharashtra, K Sankarnarayanan has received 20 letters over the apex court sentence to actor Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 blast case, with some seeking clemency against the five-year imprisonment for Dutt, but a majority of the people opposing it.
The governor has forwarded expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh's letter, seeking pardon for Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, to the state home department on March 28, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said on Sunday. Other letters will also be scrutinised and forwarded, the official said.
“This is a routine matter, while forwarding a ‘no remark’ or ‘reference’ was made by the governor,’’ he said.
On March 26, Singh and Lok Sabha member Jayaprada had met governor K Sankaranaray-anan to seek pardon for Dutt who has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, he said.
However, there are many common citizens including a group of NRIs from Singapore who have appealed to him to not pardon the actor.
Earlier, several celebrities, including Press Council of India chairman, retired justice Markandey Katju, as well as actor-turned-politicians Jaya Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha sought pardon for Dutt, who has already served 18 months in jail.