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Dutt wants to be home for Diwali

Earlier the actor surrenders calmly after receiving the copy of the judgement, reports Mustafa Plumber.

india Updated: Oct 23, 2007 10:37 IST
Mustafa Plumber
Mustafa Plumber
Hindustan Times

The cardboard box was marked 'money saving copier pages'. Inside, there were all 4,340 of them. Pages that took a while coming from the photocopier and allowed actor Sanjay Dutt 60 priceless days as a free man.

On Monday, Dutt finally received a copy of the TADA court order sending him to jail for six rigorous years.

Subsequently, the actor — who had been out on bail since August 23 — surrendered and was arrested.

The judge called Dutt to the dock in the evening and handed over the judgment copy. A calm Dutt, with the air of a man who has accepted his fate, carried the box down until his lawyer Satish Manshinde asked a junior colleague to unburden him.

Dutt was found in illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle and a 9 mm pistol. The court also held that he was in nexus with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Anees.

"This time I was mentally prepared, but I hope I am able to celebrate Diwali at home," said Dutt. His lawyers said they would move the Supreme Court for bail by this week.

Wearing a blue shirt and denims and sporting a trimmed beard, Dutt looked relaxed in the court. Soon after he was taken into custody, he requested the court to allow him to speak to his daughter Trishala, who is currently in New York.

Dutt was shifted to the Yerwada Central jail in Pune in the night. He will be kept in a separate cell for security reasons.

Dutt's friends Yusuf Nulwalla and Kersi Adejania were also given the judgment copy, after which Nulwalla was taken into custody. Adejania, who has been sentenced to two years, continues to be out on bail.

Copies were also handed over to constable RD Mali, who was also on interim bail and was taken into custody. Three people convicted under the Customs Act — Shahajhan Shekhdare, Abbas Shekhdare and Yashwant Bhoinkar — were also given a copy each.

So far 20 people have been given the copy of the 100 sentenced by the TADA court.

First Published: Oct 23, 2007 02:18 IST