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Sanjay Dutt's case in '93 blasts

Following are the highlights relating to the progress made in the case about Sanjay Dutt's involvement in the '93 blasts.
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UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2007 12:06 PM IST

Following are the highlights relating to the progress made in the case about Sanjay Dutt's involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts:

April 1993: Sameer Hingora and Hanif Kadawala arrested a month after serial blasts rock Mumbai on March 12, 1993. They tell police about film star Sanjay Dutt's possessing AK-56 rifles.

April 15, 1993: CBI files chargesheet against Sanjay Dutt saying gangster Abu Salem visited Dutt in January 1993.

In the chargesheet CBI stated that Salem was brought to Dutt's resident accompanied by Magnum video owner Sameer Hingora and motor-training school owner Ibrahim Musa on instructions of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Annes to deliver weapons. Next morning weapons arrived and Dutt allegedly kept three AK-56 rifles. Later, he kept only one rifle and returned two rifles.

Dutt confessed to the police that while he was in Mauritius for shooting he called Yusuf Nullwalla to destroy the weapons. Yusuf did so with the help of Kersi Adajania in his foundry.

April 19, 1993: Police escorts Dutt on his arrival from Mauritius saying AK-56 in his house was from the consignment of arms smuggled into India before the blasts.

April 22, 1993: Dutt admits to the charges in his confession. But later he retracted the same.

May 3, 1993: Dutt released on bail.

July 4, 1994: Bail cancelled and re-arrested. October 16, 1995: After spending nearly 16 months in jail, Dutt again gets bail.

2001: Actor faces 396 queries from the court over four days. Over questions concerning AK-56 rifle, Dutt replied: "I had no connection with any such event". He even denied having met Salem and others.

2002 : The Mumbai police tapped alleged Dutt's conversation with gangster Chhota Shakeel. The conversation has references to the actor having bought a T-shirt for him from Dubai.

August 2002 : Shiv Sena-BJP combine in Maharashtra created a furore in the State legislature over the Bollywood star's alleged taped conversation with underworld don Chhota Shakeel.

March 7, 2003 : Dutt informs the court that he did not know about Pakistan-based gangster Chhota Shakeel.

June 2, 2003 : Court exempts Dutt from personal appearance till June-end, stating he has gone abroad for stage shows with the court's permission.

Nov. 27, 2006 : TADA court delivering verdict in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case summons Dutt on November 28.

Nov. 28, 2006 : Dutt is found guilty under Arms Act but is acquitted in all cases related to TADA.

He will be in jail until the sentence is pronounced. Minimum sentence for the charges under which Dutt has been found guilty is three years. The 16 months that Dutt has already served in jail will be deducted from the sentence.

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