Dutt gets one more day to surrender
Actor Sanjay Dutt is given one more day to surrender by a special court, reports Mustafa Plumber.Updated: Feb 06, 2007 21:57 IST
The Special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) (TADA) court on Tuesday extended a day's relief to actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been convicted under the Arms Act in the 1993 serial blasts case.
This is the fourth time the actor has been granted time to surrender by the designated court.
Wearing his "lucky" blue shirt, Dutt appeared in court even as relatives of convicts were protesting disparity in the convictions handed over to Dutt and the others held guilty.
Continuing his arguments on the application that Dutt be granted bail under the Probation of Offender Act, his lawyer VR Manohar said that the actor had no intention to use the weapon he had had procured from the wanted co-accused. He added that the actor feared for his family and procured the weapons for their safety. "What is the point of possessing a AK-56 rifle without enough cartridges? My client had less than 200 cartridges, and a AK-56 needs at least 260," he argued.
Manohar added: "Dutt's conduct over the years has been good and is a fit case to be granted bail under the Act."
Surender Singh, counsel for co-convict Yusuf Nulwala -a close aide of Dutt he has been convicted of destroying the AK-56 rifle possessed by the actor - argued that Nulwala was trying to help a friend and did not mean any malice to society.
The court adjourned the hearing on the application till Wednesday, when the prosecution is likely to file its reply.
The court on Wednesday will also hear arguments on the application moved by convicts Kersi Adejania and Rusi Mulla. Like Dutt, the duo has also sought relief under the Probation of Offenders Act.
Email Mustafa Plumber: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Published: Feb 06, 2007 17:20 IST