The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Bollywood producer Shakeel Noorani’s application seeking cancellation of actor Sanjay Dutt’s bail granted to him in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
SC granted bail to Dutt in 2007 on his appeal challenging his conviction in the serial blasts.
The producer is involved in a financial dispute with the star.
A bench of Justice P Sathasivam refused to take up Noorani’s application saying: “You cannot use this court to solve your financial disputes in a criminal case.” “How is a producer involved in this (Mumbai blasts) criminal case? You file an FIR. We are dismissing your petition,” the bench added.
Noorani’s counsel Sanjay Hegde requested the bench to hear his petition as the Mumbai police had failed to take action even after filing an FIR. “Nothing is being done about it,” Hegde pleaded.
Noorani moved the HC after the actor allegedly refused to complete his film launched in 2001. The producer claimed he suffered huge losses due to the non-completion of the film.
Acting on Noorani’s suit, the high court had in December 2010 ordered attachment of Dutt’s residence at Palli Hills and office located at Santacruz.
Dutt is at present on bail as SC is yet to hear the appeals filed by various convicts challenging the Mumbai TADA court judgment holding them guilty in the 1993 blasts. The November 2006 verdict acquitted Dutt of TADA charges, but, held him guilty under the Arms Act. He was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.