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Chronology of events leading to Sanjay Dutt's conviction

Following is the chronology of events leading to actor Sanjay Dutt's conviction under the Arms Act in the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2013 20:00 IST

Following is the chronology of events leading to actor Sanjay Dutt's conviction under the Arms Act in the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai.

Mar 12, 1993: A series of 13 explosions rocks Mumbai, killing 257 and injuring 713 people.

April 19, 1993: Sanjay picked up by Mumbai Crime Branch from the airport after his arrival From Mauritius. He is arrested on the same day on charges of possessing an AK-56 rifle, a 9 mm pistol and some ammunition and later destroying them.

April 28, 1993: Sanjay makes a confession before the police.

May 5, 1993: He is granted interim bail by the Bombay High Court subject to confirmation by the trial court.

Nov 4, 1993: Chargesheet filed against Sanjay.

Nov 19, 1993: Case handed over to CBI

Apr 1, 1994: TADA court shifted from Mumbai sessions and civil court to a separate building inside the premises of the Arthur Road Central Jail.

July 4, 1994: Trial court cancels his bail and he is arrested again.

Nov 20, 1994: Sanjay retracts confession.

Apr 10, 1995: 26 accused discharged by the TADA court. The court framed charges against the remaining accused. Supreme Court discharges two more accused — travel agent Abu Asim Azmi (now Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament) and Amjed Meher Baux.

Apr 19, 1995: Trial commences.

June 30, 1995: Two accused, Mohammed Jameel and Usman Jhankanan, turn approvers in the case.

July 22, 1995:
Sanjay permitted by the court to meet his model friend Rhea Pillai whom he later married. Sanjay visits Rhea in a flat where she is recuperating from an illness.

Sep 11, 1995: Trial court rejects Sanjay's bail.

Oct 16, 1995: Supreme Court grants him bail on hearing a letter written by him to the Chief Justice from the jail. The letter is converted into a petition.

Oct 18, 1995: Dutt released from prison after 15 months.

Oct 2000: Examination of 684 prosecution witnesses ends.

Nov 28, 2006: Sanjay is cleared by the TADA court of charges under the TADA Act as well as conspiracy in the 1993 blasts but convicted under the Arms Act for possessing an AK-56 rifle and a 9 mm pistol. Gets time till December 19 to surrender.

Dec 18, 2006: Dutt files application under Probation Of Offenders Act for suspension of sentence and release on probation.

Dec 19, 2006: Gets time till December 21 to surrender.

Dec 21, 2006: Time to surrender extended upto January 18.

Jan 18, 2006: Court hears arguements on Sanjay's plea under Probation of Offenders Act.

July 31, 2007: Sanjay Dutt sentenced to six years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 25,000.

August 2, 2007: Sanjay Dutt was moved from Arthur Road jail in Mumbai to the Yerwada Central Jail in Pune.

August 7, 2007: Sanjay Dutt appealed against the sentence.

August 20, 2007: The Supreme Court of India granted Sanjay Dutt interim bail. He was released after Yerwada Central Jail authorities received a copy of the court's bail order. The bail was valid until the time the special TADA court, which sentenced Dutt on 31 July, provides a copy of its judgment to him.

August 23, 2007: Sanjay Dutt was released from jail.

October 22, 2007: Sanjay Dutt was back in jail but again applied for bail.

November 27, 2007: Sanjay Dutt was granted bail by the Supreme Court.

January 2009: Sanjay Dutt announced that he would contest the 2009 Lok Sabha elections on the Samajwadi Party ticket. However, he withdrew his candidature in March 2009 after the Supreme Court refused to suspend his conviction, the party instead named him the General Secretary of the party.

December 2010: He left the post due to many controversies, one of which included a leading politician of an opposition party Mayawati lodging police complaint against him for offering her a jaadu ki jappi and pappi (a now infamous dialogue from his Munnabhai Mbbs movie meaning a magic hug and kiss) on live TV.

Mar 21, 2013: SC reduces the sentence of actor Sanjay Dutt from six-year to five-year rigorous imprisonment. Also upholds death sentence of convict Yakub Memon, brother of Tiger Memon, and commutes death sentence of 10 convicts to life term. Life imprisonment of 16 out of 18 convicts also upheld.

(With PTI inputs)