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Sanjay Dutt moves court for more time to surrender

April 15, 2013

Sanjay Dutt.—File Photo

NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has moved India’s top court for more time before going back to jail for possessing arms supplied by plotters of the deadly 1993 Mumbai blasts, his lawyer said Monday.

Dutt was sentenced to five years in jail for possession of illegal weapons in the long-running case linked to the 1993 Mumbai bombings. The court had given all accused four weeks to surrender.

However, the Bollywood star had said he would seek clemency in the matter.

In his plea on Monday, Dutt asked the court to keep the punishment in abeyance until the governor decides on pardon, said a report by the Hindustan Times.

The court had 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. However, the court reduced the sentence from six years to five years, effectively reducing Dutt’s jail time to three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months imprisonment.

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.