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Sanjay Dutt "shattered" as sent back to jail


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Sanjay Dutt leaves a special court trying the cases of those accused in the 1993 Mumbai bombings in Mumbai, India.–Photo by AP (file).

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to five years jail by the Supreme Court on Thursday for possession of illegal weapons in a long-running case linked to the 1993 Mumbai bombings, according to a report in TOI:

Dutt said on Thursday he is 'shattered' by the Supreme Court verdict sentencing him to five years in prison in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. He said he will complete all his pending films, and that he ought to be strong in these trying times for his family and children.

"I know in my heart that I have always been a good human being, respected the system and always been loyal to my country."

"I have already suffered for 20 years and been in jail for 18 months. If they want me to suffer more I have to be strong. I am heart broken because today along with me, my three children, my wife and my family will undergo the punishment," he said in a statement.

The entertainment industry reacted with shock to news of Dutt's sentencing with the actor seen by some fans as a victim of his star lineage and own fame.

"It is a big blow. He was a prominent actor and a father figure to many in the industry," said Bollywood trade analyst Amod Mehra. "There are 250 crore rupees riding on him."

His lawyer Satish Maneshinde told reporters that the length of sentence had come as a shock to Dutt who has continued to make a long list of films despite the legal action against him.

"We will wait for a copy of the Supreme Court judgment and then decide the further course of action. He is a strong man and will fight back," he said, adding that his client would need to serve three years and six months as he had already been in jail for 18 months.

The actor, who was convicted under the Arms Act for illegally possessing weapons, had been awarded six years imprisonment by the TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court. However, the Supreme Court reduced the sentence from six years to five years. This effectively means that Dutt will be in jail for three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months imprisonment.

The Supreme Court Thursday upheld Sanjay Dutt's  conviction under the Arms Act in the terror attack for illegal possession of a 9 mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle.

Dutt, the son of Bollywood legends Nargis and Sunil Dutt, has films like the Zanjeer remake, Policegiri, Munna Bhai 3 and P.K. in the works.

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Abu Baloch Mar 22, 2013 08:49am
unlike here in pakistan where rich and famous are never punished
ranganath Mar 22, 2013 10:21am
Sorry ,Sanju Baba, but past actions catch sooner or later. Finish your term and come out with a clear conscience. Time will heal all injuries and sorrows. Good luck.
True Indian Mar 22, 2013 10:44am
He deserves it....Helping a terrorist is equally punishable....
Cyrus Howell Mar 22, 2013 10:59am
"...Along with me, my three children, my wife and my family will undergo the punishment,
Gerry D'Cunha Mar 22, 2013 11:19am
hats off to the judiciary and democracy in india, they do not spare the rich;mighty or strong - pakistan needs to learn lessions from them to strengthen its democracy - but will our system ever change?
Ragh Mar 22, 2013 11:34am
President of India should pardon him.
Khan Mar 22, 2013 12:04pm
When you will convict Modi or perpetrators of sikh massacre to show your impartiality ? In India Muslims and their sympathisers are persecuted
Vicky Mar 22, 2013 12:18pm
What the hell is wrong with the courts? Why punish him, he's innocent! I feel really, really sad for him and his family! :( Love from Pakistan and UK, Sanjoo!
Amit-Atlanta-USA Mar 22, 2013 12:37pm
He deserved to be locked up for life. Remember, his conviction was ONLY for possession of an illegal assault weapon. The REAL case of HIDING stocking piles of these weapons (that came in from Pakistan through the Sir Creek) for the terrorists use was conveniently dropped as otherwise like the others he would have been locked up for life. So, given the magnitude of his crimes the 5 yr. sentence is a slap on the wrist, and also aninsult to several other perpetuators (all small frys) languishing in jail for decades. Good Riddance.....atleast for a while.
True Indian Mar 22, 2013 12:47pm
ajaz Mar 22, 2013 01:20pm
You forget to mention that courts in India play to the gallery by executing innocents to satisfy the masses. They execute innocents by even not providing fair trial to innocents yet they carry their sentences to satisfy the Conscience of general public. Hypocrite democracy of India.
waleed khan Mar 22, 2013 01:52pm
shame on india goverment and judiciary and president
Vivek Mar 22, 2013 02:27pm
I feel very sorry for Sanjay Dutt after all these years. May God grace him with the strength to face this.
AP Mar 22, 2013 02:54pm
what is it with muslims ..they are so self obsessed..evry community is conspiring against you...all through out the world wherver muslims are in majority..they abhor freedom of faith and where they are in minorit they scream of being perscuted..what hypocrisy...
Hussain Shah Mar 22, 2013 03:04pm
Sunjay dutt is great human being , he respects the INDIAN justice system , they will Appeal for not just because he already served 18 months because he suffered a lot for this .
observer Mar 22, 2013 03:26pm
This is total biased attitute of Indians towards innocent people, he is given punhsiment because of his sympathies towards muslims, really a brutal verdict by a brutal and biased court.
Daniyal Mar 22, 2013 04:25pm
Get over it already, go catch the real bad guys. Stop gloating about your system and putting our country down.
AMIT Mar 22, 2013 04:32pm
this is a great example of indian democracy system,first those two italian marines who killed indian fishermans now sanjay dutt. . iam proud of my country
aJI Mar 22, 2013 05:14pm
Sheetal Mar 22, 2013 05:16pm
Do you have any evidence against Modi in your possession ? There is so much completely one sided sectarian violence going on Pakistan in which thousands have been killed why no Pakistani ask for same punishment for its own rulers because of these killings ??
satyawan jodhani Mar 22, 2013 05:24pm
Writ of law prevails and should be respected.
Saim Mar 22, 2013 05:33pm
Disappointing decision :(...
khalid Mar 22, 2013 07:32pm
ragooo you too?i just cant beleive it your statement makes me to feel like to jerk off your jerk statement is considered bad he comes out with clear conscience?.too bad to hear it.time will heal all injuries yeah your back injuries too caused by rough act of your roughest man.needs to heal before it cause you a life time positive septic.take care of that one which is a priority for you.
PN Mar 22, 2013 09:13pm
The ideal thing for Sanjjubaba is to count the blessings, for not charged & sentenced for terrorism, keep mum, and while away his time, 3 and half years, may be less for good conduct, and start afresh his life.
munaf Mar 22, 2013 09:34pm
Keep him in jail. In independent judiciary found him guilty. Let this be a lesson to the Bolly-hoods. Bollywood and the Indian politicians better keep their hands off.
Kamal Mar 22, 2013 10:28pm
They will never punish MODI.
disc Mar 22, 2013 10:41pm
Agree Ranganath
Rajesh Mar 22, 2013 11:51pm
In Pakistan even Muslims are prosecuted under different names Hazaras, Shias, Ahmedis, Balochis etc. Leave non-Muslims aside. Where do you stand now?
milind Mar 23, 2013 02:04am
That's the reason why other country respect and trust india
Shochi Mar 23, 2013 03:30am
I'm don't believe the Supreme Court of India would overlook ...'weapons that came in from Pakistan through the Sir Creek" But nice try on the accusation Mr Amit.
Shochi Mar 23, 2013 03:31am
Except Modi right?
ranganath Mar 23, 2013 04:48am
When will you sympathies with your own people?
Milind Mar 23, 2013 05:25am
Of course you will feel sad... None of your close ones have suffered in the blasts. Talk to the woman victim, who has had 40 surgeries in the last 20 yrs to remove the shards of metal and glass from the bomb blasts, for no fault of hers. Some of which are still lodged inside her. Its easier to comment without empathizing with the victim. Don't get me wrong, I am also a Sanju fan. However must not lose perspective & real-life should never be confused with reel-life.
Gulfam Butt Mar 23, 2013 11:56am
It's not on if this decision is correct then made same for others Bollywood stars like salman and said and politicians as well
Raj Mar 23, 2013 01:39pm
At least India has democracy whatever brand you mentioned we are proud of it.. What about Pakistan? are you proud of your kind of democracy? If not then big problem for Pakistan ahead.
Chand Mar 23, 2013 04:24pm
Perhaps! At least they do try! Show me one terrorist that has been apprehended or punished by Pakistani judiciary.
ROHIT PANDEY Mar 23, 2013 07:55pm
Nothing like a stint in the clink-with plenty of time on hands to ruminate and introspect-to expand one's thinking. This gentleman was once jailed for possession of illegal drugs and spent two years in the US in a detox facility to kick the drug habit. This time around he can spend the time usefully without drugs or alcohol to ponder the consequences of his actions!!!
ROHIT PANDEY Mar 23, 2013 10:45pm
For he is innocent. Others ,the guilty ones have been punished and jailed and Dawn reported it.
ROHIT PANDEY Mar 23, 2013 10:50pm
If I am right...since 1947 all the wealthy land owners have hung on to their lands and have now become politicians to hoard even more land....forget about punishing about empowering the poor peasants with something called land reforms??
K G Surendran Mar 24, 2013 05:37am
As it is charges against him were diluted for reasons known to everyone, and in this he should consider himself pretty lucky, besides he had a towering and unblemished figure in his father who was respected across India. It is natural for Sanjay Dutt to be shattered considering that he has a lot to look forward to from a family and career perspective but at times we are called to pay for our past sins. Should justice be allowed to follow its natural course or should the clamour for his pardon, on extremely thin grounds, from heavy weights in public life be accepted by the Maharashtra Governor is the staple of public debate, considering the verdict has come after 20 years which from a blast victims' perspective is a wait that is too long.