'93 Mumbai blasts: Sanjay Dutt's day of reckoning
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'93 Mumbai blasts: Sanjay Dutt's day of reckoning

The actor has been summoned by a special TADA court today, report Neha Bhayana and Ashutosh Shukla.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2006 02:26 IST

The special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court is likely to deliver its verdict on actor Sanjay Dutt, accused in the 1993 serial blasts case, on Tuesday.

He is charged with conspiracy and possession of weapons.

Dutt, who is out on bail, was on Monday ordered by Judge PD Kode to be present in court on Tuesday.

A pall of gloom hung over Imperial Heights, the Dutt residence at Pali Hill. Dutt had a stream of high-profile visitors like his close friends Sanjay Gupta and Bunty Walia, both filmmakers, and actor Viveik Oberoi.

Shortly after 1 pm, his sister Priya, dressed in a blue and white striped T-shirt and jeans, arrived with husband Owen Roncon. She took the lift to Dutt's eleventh floor terrace flat and refused to talk to the media.

The Dutts occupy the ninth, tenth and eleventh floors of the building that was built five years ago. Before that, a mini-theatre, owned by the Dutts, stood there. To its left was the Dutt bungalow, which was also demolished.

When asked about the mood in the Dutt household, society supervisor Chhotu Merchant, a close associate of the family, merely said it was "good".

Dutt himself remained elusive. Dressed in a plain grey T-shirt and light blue jeans, he came down at 5 pm, and sped away in his white Toyota Corolla with Gupta and producer NitinManmohan.

He was spotted at Siddhivinayak temple later, where he prayed but did not offer any special pooja.

At 7.30 pm, a tense-looking and red-eyed Dutt returned, entering the building via a side entrance. Twenty minutes later, he left.

Oberoi arrived at 8.30 pm along with Dutt. MLA Baba Siddique, who was mentored by Sunil Dutt, and lawyer Satish Maneshinde also dropped by.

The stream of celebrity visitors was expected to continue till late into what surely would be a tense night for the actor.

Email Neha Bhayana: neha.bhayana@hindustantimes.com

First Published: Nov 27, 2006 21:32 IST