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Dutt to get TADA court order copy by mid-Oct

Sanjay Dutt is likely to get a copy of the judgment possibly only after October 15.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2007 18:34 IST

Actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in the 1993 serial blasts case and presently out on interim bail, is likely to get a copy of the judgment possibly only after October 15, a lawyer with his legal team said on Friday.

"The order is likely to be handed out from October 15 but it cannot be said when Sanjay will be given his copy," Farhana Shah, an advocate who is part of the legal team defending Dutt, said.

However, there is no definite date by which the judgement copies would be ready to be given to the convicts, court sources said.

Earlier, Dutt's lawyers had been given September 27 as a tentative date for collecting the copy of the order, but later it became clear that copies were not likely to be ready before month-end.

One hundred convicts, twelve of whom have been sentenced to death, await copies of their judgement approximately a month after the special TADA court finished pronouncing them.

Over 250 persons were killed and over 700 injured in thirteen serial blasts which were carried out in March 1993 by alleged associates of gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

Dutt, sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment for illegal possession of a pistol and an AK-56 assault rifle and was in Yeravada jail in Pune for a month, is presently out on interim bail granted by the Supreme Court.

Dutt was ordered by the Supreme Court to surrender and seek regular bail once he received his copy of the judgement.

First Published: Sep 28, 2007 18:29 IST