Indian SC upholds sentence against Sanjay Dutt

Published Mar 21, 2013 11:49am

Sanjay Dutt arrives at a special court to stand trial amongst those involved in India's worst bombings in 1993 that killed 257 people in Mumbai, June 19, 2007.–Photo by Reuters (file)

Mumbai: Indian Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to serve a five year jail sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Indian media reports.

Earlier, Dutt was sentenced on July 31, 2007 to six years in jail for illegal weapons possession acquired from terrorist acquaintances, who were responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. He was, however, acquitted.

Supreme Court says that the circumstances and nature of offence was so serious that Dutt could not be released on probation. They further mentioned that convicts who are on bail, including Sanjay Dutt, will have to surrender within four weeks.

Supreme Court upheld life sentence of 16 out of 18 convicts sentenced by TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities) court.

Dutt, who has already served nearly 18 months in jail after his arrest in 1993, will now have to go to jail and serve the remaining term of three and a half years. Dutt will not be able to shoot pictures during the remaining three and a half years of prison term, the Supreme Court said.

He was granted bail by the Supreme Court on November 27, 2007.

A total of 257 persons were killed and 713 others injured when a series 13 coordinated explosions shattered the metropolis on March 12, 1993.

Dutt maintains he knew nothing about the bomb plot and that he asked for the guns to protect his family after receiving threats during sectarian riots in Mumbai.

The 53-year-old was not in court while his sister Priya Dutt, who is a member of parliament, looked visibly upset when the verdict was pronounced.

Dutt's lawyer Satish Maneshinde said he has spoken to the actor who has four weeks to hand himself in to the authorities. “He has accepted the judgement,” said Maneshinde. “He will go through the verdict and will consider all the legal recourses available to him”.

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Faraz Paracha
Mar 21, 2013 07:15am
That's very sad. Only because his mother, he is subject to such prejudice attitude.
Ajay
Mar 21, 2013 07:25am
One mistake and that has ruined this mans life....there is no escape to law its same for all.
indian
Mar 21, 2013 07:33am
haha, seriously? grow up buddy. AK 47 was found at his place which he also agreed on. It's still not common in India to keep guns at home. It's still crime in our country.
P.Mishra
Mar 21, 2013 07:34am
What is the role of his mother in this entire epesod?
Mudassir Hussain
Mar 21, 2013 07:39am
Supremacy of law with all the fairness is of paramount importance in civilized societies.
Imran
Mar 21, 2013 07:40am
Not at all. His mother was a prominent member of Rajya sabha. Sanju baba was a spoilt child and had in fact soiled the names of his parents who were respected for their integrity.
Frid Zakria
Mar 21, 2013 07:43am
In India justice always prevail (against minorities only)
Huzeifa
Mar 21, 2013 07:53am
What is wrong with you? Can't you see any thing apart from conspiracy? He has been sentenced for illegal possession of prohibited caliber arms. In fact court was lenient enough to reduce one year from his sentence. A minimum of 6 years is sentence for illegal possession of arms while got away with 5 years.
U.S. Khan
Mar 21, 2013 07:57am
If Sanjay is the culprit then hang him why 5 years jail sentence? Just because his mother was muslim, he is facing the terrible picture of 'Indian secularism' now...
U.S. Khan
Mar 21, 2013 08:02am
Shahrukh on the other hand has been pressurized to leave the country by Indian fanatics... Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi still wont be able to buy any property in Mumbai and so many others are the victims of prejudice only because of religion...
saket
Mar 21, 2013 08:04am
@Faraz Paracha : Faraz you know !!!! Why your country become ABYSS and facing bomb blasts every day because of such narrow, stagnate and hatred mentality. In my country , we never differentiate human, we are a secular country . I don’t know which country do you belong but I am sure that you are not INDIA. Farzan be a human.
Patriot 1972
Mar 21, 2013 08:10am
I congratulate Indian judicial system which does not consider status and position of culprits while serving justice. Law is law whether it is for an ordinary person or for a celebrity.
Himanshu Dev
Mar 21, 2013 08:13am
C'monn man...you really think he would be prosecuted and punished because his mom was a Muslim? Stop bringing religion in each and everything. If being Muslim is a crime in India, then the 3 greatest actors of Bollywood, the 3 Khans would be dead by now. Think and speak. Uparwaale ne dimaag diya hai..uska use karo
Mirza Ahmed Baig
Mar 21, 2013 08:18am
It doesn't look plausible that a towering figure of Indian film industry and social media has been sentenced jail after his appeal that he was not involved in the crime.
baba
Mar 21, 2013 08:22am
@faraz u urgently need a brain check up.
Not Important
Mar 21, 2013 08:43am
Sanjay dutt was from a minority community? He is a hindu and his dad was a big time politician with the Congress government. Think before you write.
cp
Mar 21, 2013 08:49am
How come sanjay dutt is come under minority ?
Capt C M Khan
Mar 21, 2013 08:59am
There are thousands of Indians having AK 47 in India, have never been arrested as well? Sanjay was sympathetic towards Muslim due to his Muslim mother, He had no intention of killing his own religion persons in India. He was famous and rich and had everything in life. This is REAL DISCRIMINATION, and we blame Pakistan it is all over. I pray to God/Allah/Bhagwan so that in future the children are only born in the homes of majorities as minorities have no hope anywhere. So Sad.
An observer
Mar 21, 2013 09:01am
Sanjay is actually a closet Muslim . He is married to a Muslim woman , his kids have Muslim names. That is why the Hindu bureaucracy has preyed on him.
fazalpai
Mar 21, 2013 09:21am
mostly, in sub continent, verdicts comes via timing and trends.
Avi
Mar 21, 2013 10:10am
Sanjay Dutt is not from Minority community. Stop playing victim
Avi
Mar 21, 2013 10:11am
Does everyone in Pakistan comment wth half knowledge?
Rahman
Mar 21, 2013 10:43am
Why did dawn didn't include the comments made by the Supreme Court about the involvement of pakistan in this case.
ROHIT PANDEY
Mar 21, 2013 10:53am
Justice done....he visited Canada once to shoot some film and there were wide spread protests by Indians here against granting him a visa.. I am glad that the Indian judiciary is holding up against political pressures and justice is being dispensed.
To F. Paracha
Mar 21, 2013 11:25am
FYI, Nargis Dutt (Sanjay's mother, a minority member as you would say) was a member of the Rajyasabha (an honour confered), and Sunil Dutt (Sanjay's father), a member of the Loksabha (elected by the people) . In India, it isn't about minority or majority, it's all about whether you deserve it or you don't!
Azi
Mar 21, 2013 11:31am
If so why did it take 20 some years for justice.......is't that I ronic....??????
Faizal
Mar 21, 2013 11:33am
so his appeal means he should be let free? Do you even know what AK 56 is?
Umer
Mar 21, 2013 11:33am
Judical victim. Poor Sanju Baba...
Prof L. H. Zaidi
Mar 21, 2013 12:02pm
There is no doubt that Indian Courts are absolutely independent, like their election commission. A country, a civilisation or a society where a person can be above the law will eventually parish. Look at the state of my country, Pakistan, I can only cry with pain and try to drown in shame when talking to my colleagues at my university. Pakistan media by blocking public opinion from printing e.g. Dawn never prints my critical points, while Washington Post, New York Times (USA), Guardian and Telegraph and Times of London (UK) and publishes without question are accelerating the decaying further of any remote moral values left in Pakistan culture. Living in denial is curse to any person, society or country. It is not a sign of patriotism but of ignorance and illiteracy. I congratulate to Indian society in general and judiciary in particular to exercise justice regardless of race, religion and status fearlessly. Look at Pakistan, Govt executives are beaten up for defying to sign illegal papers, bureaucrats issuing illegal passports, helping in every way to murders to leave the country and looters etc and Pakistan judiciary is to protect corrupt political system not the public. I doubt my opinion will be published. God save Pakistan. Pakistan-Pa-in-da-bad.
Farhan
Mar 21, 2013 12:05pm
Sanjay dutt sentenced to 5 years in prison? is that true ? i heard it
Pavas Ambashta
Mar 21, 2013 12:14pm
When did Sanjay Dutt became minority?? Know the facts before speaking..Playing "victims syndrome" is not always helpful..
Bhojraj Goil
Mar 21, 2013 12:20pm
what type of justice came after 18 years
vijay
Mar 21, 2013 01:49pm
have you not read the above news?
Zimbo_Indian
Mar 21, 2013 02:19pm
Better late than never ....
vijay
Mar 21, 2013 02:52pm
Atleast in India judges don't have to leave the country to save their life after passing judgement. Critizing others is very easy why don't you look at your own house.
Waseem
Mar 21, 2013 02:54pm
No. We believe knowledge is absolutely unnecessary to comment on anything (unfortunately)
vijay
Mar 21, 2013 02:56pm
Who is minority here? Sanjay Dutt is Punjabi Bhramin. Please don't post nonsense here.
indian
Mar 21, 2013 03:02pm
The fact is that he with all the political clout has not escaped punishment. It might be a normal thing for ordinary Pakistanis to be carrying and using assault weapons like AK-47's and AK-56's. In India its considered illegal. Sanjay Dutt is no exception.
Jamil
Mar 21, 2013 04:16pm
What? What about Salman Khan who ran over a poor man sleeping on the sidewalk?
Shruti
Mar 21, 2013 04:29pm
Azi all of Bombay blasts Verdicts came today. Not just Dutts. You can call sc slow but not unjust. And for the pivot justice dispensing authority, it's important to consider all possible evidence. That was probably which led to so much delay. Also sanjay Dutts already served 18 months in jail.
Shruti
Mar 21, 2013 04:32pm
Also his sister is a big time politician. Priya Dutt. What are you talking about?
Shruti
Mar 21, 2013 04:33pm
Also his sister Priya Dutt is a big politician. What are you talking about?
Shruti
Mar 21, 2013 04:39pm
Faraz, you are so living in a denial dude. There are no conspiracy theories abound. Nobody is a victim here or wrongful charges. And definitely no differential justice for the majority an minority. This is India.
beg
Mar 21, 2013 05:35pm
and no ak47 was found at narinder modi house
beg
Mar 21, 2013 05:37pm
and how many illegal arms indian politicians have
beg
Mar 21, 2013 05:39pm
is that true mr paracha .
Razzaq
Mar 21, 2013 06:58pm
Personally, I feel very sad thinking of the time(my younger days) when I was fan of his mother Nargis and Dilip Kumar, not missing any of their films, never occurred to me that one day I will have to read stories like this.
Sheetal
Mar 21, 2013 07:50pm
The news has been taken with sadness and some degree of grief in India. He is a successful and very popular actor while a common man has very fond memories of his late parents. I am sad. But law has to be implemented the way it is written and interpreted by courts.
ROHIT PANDEY
Mar 21, 2013 08:34pm
Now that Dawn has published your post,you should be happy. I am generally very appreciative of the independence of Dawn..my posts have been moderated out but they were ones with a taking a very negative view of the role of religious beliefs in Pakistan... As long as there is human spirit and a will, problems however dark they seem at the first glance,can be sorted out. Politics and religion don't mix....if that little kernel of thought is internalized in the entire Muslim world,the first tentative steps to regaining something called civilization can be taken!
Raj
Mar 21, 2013 08:34pm
His mother Nargis was muslim, his current wife Manyata is muslim, but his father Sunil Dutt was Hindu, and he considered himself Hindu only. Case of Imran Khan's (bollywood actor and Amir Khan's nephew) would be different, his father was Hindu, mother was muslim, both divoreced, he lived with the mother, used Muslim name and I think he probably considers himself Muslim.
Awan
Mar 21, 2013 09:30pm
No, some have quarter knowledge.
Azmat Khan
Mar 21, 2013 10:58pm
Rohit you are very lucky
Shruti
Mar 22, 2013 12:08am
What do you mean??
Devil
Mar 22, 2013 04:08am
@Frid The way Muslims breed, Hindus will soon be in minority!! But as of now we are not and so is the case with Sanjay who is a Hindu ! By the way, what is your opinion about the justice system in Pakistan ? Especially for "minorities" ?
fossil
Mar 22, 2013 04:55am
No, not everyone. Most do with lot less.
Girish
Mar 22, 2013 05:22am
In pakistan minorities doesn't even exists...or about to extint, dont they?
Girish
Mar 22, 2013 05:25am
probaly you think that India works like Pakistan..which is not the case. You have to know that World outside Pakistan is much more civilized and human.
Alan
Mar 22, 2013 05:30am
Is this necessary to play minority card...every time...why you do so every time..pls think twice while u comment here
Ubduab
Mar 22, 2013 08:14am
its not much different in India either .. just see the comments on any Indian News channel's website.
prakash
Mar 22, 2013 11:29am
My opinion about Dawn is changing for better. I have read many articles in Dawn which did not look biased. In fact many of Indian papers and channels are TRP hungry. Dawn is much better to them.
Kaly
Mar 22, 2013 11:29am
Ha....great thoughts....you know great people like you are the root cause of difference....
khatun
Mar 22, 2013 11:45am
Far less than pakistani politicians.
ROHIT PANDEY
Mar 22, 2013 11:55am
In what way? I am very lucky to be born Indian-Hindu and very lucky to live in Canada.....:)
peace
Mar 22, 2013 12:47pm
They included denial from Pakistani govt. Isn't it enough?
G. Din
Mar 22, 2013 12:55pm
There is nothing ironic about it. Before you go pointing fingers at the judiciary, ask yourself if the delay took place only in this case? It did not. Cases take decades to conclude in India because of a highly overburdened judiciary and a highly litigious society. In general, people are satisfied with the quality of justice in India. It may seem at times that the criminals go free but that, more often than not, is due to deliberately poor prosecutorial effort connected with high political connections. Examples: Quattrocci, Robert Vadra etc., etc..
Raj
Mar 22, 2013 01:05pm
There are discriminations, but funny thing is they are still alive unlike certain Shahbaaz Bhatti or Salman Taseer. Or probably you don't consider their killing illegal because you have legalized murder in the name of religion.
Another Observer
Mar 22, 2013 01:33pm
married to a muslim woman ?? she might be a muslim before marriage, but at that time of marriage she converted to hinduism and is now a hindu.. if our bureaucracy had any say, he would have walked free 'being a close muslim, and a minority' going by your own observation ..
Sirius.sam
Mar 22, 2013 01:44pm
Really people like you are impossible to change. Justice never sees Muslims or Hindus.
Sirius.sam
Mar 22, 2013 01:46pm
I pray God/Bhagwan/Allah that people all over the world with your mentality take birth in only one country, nation, state or region. Then you will see who will punish whom.
Sirius.sam
Mar 22, 2013 01:48pm
What about Pakistan? BTW, in India minorities and majorities alike have been the victims of wrong judgement like anywhere in the world. and BTW, Sanjay was guilty.
Vaibhav Mansoor Ali
Mar 22, 2013 02:08pm
sanjay dutt is a hindu. his mother nargis had converted to hinduism when she got married to sunil dutt. If by your logic "HIndu bureaycracy had to prey on him" then he would not have been out for 20 years since the 1993 bomb blasts. Not everything in this world works on religious classification basis.
Vaibhav Mansoor Ali
Mar 22, 2013 02:16pm
As per some of the people here, sunjuy dutt was convicted because his mother is a muslim. By that logic those criminals in India who happen to be muslims should be set free to prove that muslims are not been targetted in India. So then among criminals, only hindu criminals should be punished and muslims criminals should be set free in India!. Is this what some of the readers want ?????
Ajay
Mar 22, 2013 03:19pm
I wanted to answer Mr.Khan...but you have answered him well
Ajay
Mar 22, 2013 03:22pm
Well Said...Pakistan answer that.
aswin
Mar 22, 2013 04:29pm
why u forget shah rukh khan was made the king of bollywood by the same indians, javed akhtar and shabana azmi were made popular by the same indians , and they r living in mumbai only , Can u name any popular non muslim from ur country>>?? r there really any non muslims left in your country ???
sach
Mar 22, 2013 05:28pm
He is punished and should have received a harsher punishment so it serves as a lesson. If a poor and vulnerable man commits a crime he can justify it based in his unfavorable circumstances. If a movie start and a rich man commits a crime he has no basis to defend himself. Being where he is he has a bigger responsibility towards the society. Justice done late but at least its eventuated.
ROHIT PANDEY
Mar 22, 2013 10:01pm
Considering the milieu and circumstances in Pakistan where Dawn is published,,not to speak of Muslim sensitivities about Islam,Dawn is doing a great job!!!
Azmat Khan
Mar 23, 2013 12:57am
Goil even in most advanced countries justice is delayed much.
Azmat Khan
Mar 23, 2013 01:05am
India has well reputed judicial system. But Pakistan has now improved much in this department.
Azmat Khan
Mar 23, 2013 01:12am
bureaucracy and courts are different from one another in India
Shruti
Mar 23, 2013 01:39am
Really? You want to compare religion based discrimination in India and Pakistan?? There is an economics term called bounded rationality. You take that term to a whole new height.
Shruti
Mar 23, 2013 01:44am
Yeah in Pakistan minorities are like endangered species. And still people have the audacity to live in a denial and point to a few cases of discrimination in India. I agree you have plenty of good people but the fundamentalist ideology is far more prevalent in Pakistan than most of the rest of world. Accept it and work on it.