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Sanju exempted from appearing in Tada court

A Tada court directed 86 accused in '93 bomb blast case, including actor Sanjay Dutt, to personally appear in court on March 1.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 17:30 IST

A Tada court exempted 86 accused in 1993 bomb blast case, including film actor Sanjay Dutt, from personal appearance on Thursday and directed them to appear on March 1.

The exemption for Thursday, sought by Sanjay and 85 other accused, was granted by designated Judge PD Kode on a plea by Farhana Shah.

Sanjay is facing charge of possessing AK-56 rifle and later destroying it with the help of his friends. The actor has denied the allegation and witnesses have also not supported the prosecution.

The prosecution case is that some accused, including extradited gangster Abu Salem, had gone to Dutt's residence and handed over an AK-56 rifle.

Salem has given a confession to CBI and also confirmed it before a magistrate but the contents of the confession are not known as the court has kept it in a sealed cover.

The court is busy preparing to deliver the verdict and summons to accused to appear before it from time to time. About 13,000 pages of evidence has been recorded and more than 600 witnesses have deposed before the court.

Altogether 257 people were killed when a series of bomb blasts shattered 13 places in the city damaging property worth Rs 27 crores on March 12, 1993.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 17:27 IST