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No passport for Sanjay Dutt


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

While his family and close friends may still nurture hope for pardon for him, Sanjay Dutt's conviction implies he will never be able to visit his daughter Trishala in the US. Laws in the US make it mandatory that no person convicted can obtain a visa to visit the country, according to reports in TOI.

A source close to Dutt revealed the actor's passport has been cancelled for the past five years. "Every time he had to travel abroad for outdoor locations, he would undergo a hearing before being handed a visa, that too for countries other than the US and Canada," the source said, adding: "He doesn't have a passport but there was always hope he could obtain a visa to visit the US. But with the Supreme Court sentence, it will be practically impossible for him to get a visa to the US, even if he is pardoned and doesn't go to prison. This conviction also means he cannot visit 90 per cent of the countries that he could till now."

This is yet another setback for the actor, who is going through a major crisis in life at this point in time. His near and dear ones though hope he may be able to hold a passport, after a few years of serving his sentence, or being pardoned, as the case may be.

Meanwhile, there seems to be a glimmer of hope as far as Dutt's professional life is concerned. His production company's second film, Hasmukh Pighal Gaya, to be directed by Sejal Shah (directorial debut), will go on floors in the second week of April, irrespective of whether he goes behind bars or is pardoned . Reportedly, Maanyata will oversee the production of the film that has been penned by the writers of Akshay Kumar's Oh My God - Bhavesh and Umesh.

Comments (19) Closed

S.P.Bansal Apr 01, 2013 02:07pm
He deserve that. In fact still more severe punishment should have been given. All this thing about Pardon is nonsense and never be thought of.
Gerry D'Cunha Apr 01, 2013 04:40pm
fame and shame for the actor and his respectable family
John Apr 01, 2013 08:56pm
If he is guilty, then it doesn't matter who he is, he has to face the punishment.
Raj NYC Apr 01, 2013 10:12pm
Her daughter can visit him in India!
Tom Apr 02, 2013 12:13am
Yes, like OJ Simson...
Khan Apr 02, 2013 12:21am
you are right. The point to be given a thought is, out of many who are guilty, some get caught and most of them do not. Over and above, if the decisions are targeted to settle the account against a soft person who cannot inflict more damage to any one, these decisions are more controversial. I think this is the case with him, like it was with Micheal Jackson
Beg Apr 02, 2013 12:46am
Narindar modi is guilty too but running election campaign so courts are biased
heera Apr 02, 2013 01:12am
Trishala doesnt like him.So why worry?
Chen Apr 02, 2013 03:56am
True ...but not the way it is implemented in pakistan
ummemuhammed Apr 02, 2013 07:06am
what about Raymond Davis?
Syed Apr 02, 2013 12:47pm
so if you are a convict, you cannot go to US, boy that CIA Contractor that killed couple of guys in Pakistan sure got lucky !!!
indian Apr 02, 2013 02:26pm
Sanjay Dutt should have been passed death sentence like the prime accused for conniving with terrorists and knowing in advance about the country's first ever bomb blast in history. He got away with a lighter sentence thanks to his family's name and political influence. Shame on bollywood producers who make films with him as hero. Let him rot in jail.
Arshad Apr 02, 2013 02:42pm
This case should be reconsidered.
Sradhanand From Mauritius Apr 02, 2013 04:26pm
Narendra modi has never been found guilty by any court in India Mr Beg
BEA Apr 02, 2013 10:04pm
If his daughter is so concerned about her dear father why can she not visit him in jail in India.
BEA Apr 02, 2013 10:06pm
Khan leave MJ out of it he was innocent court said he was unlike the court that said Dutt was guilty.
BEA Apr 02, 2013 10:07pm
well said, all these patitions and emotional clap trap is going on because he is an so called Actor if he was Joe public no one would care.
Khan Apr 03, 2013 05:54am
You mean HIS daughter?!?!?!
anil tiwari Apr 03, 2013 09:43am
Only God has mercy for sinners.