28 September, 2020

A Final Verdict

Sanjay gets more jail-time in ’93 blasts case

Indian Express Archive
A Final Verdict

A scene in film Lage Raho Munnabhai has a scene where an imaginary Mahatma Gandhi tells lovable goonda Munna, “If you make a mistake, admit it and go through the consequences (read punishment). It’s the right thing to do. You will be forgiven and truly accepted only after that.”

Which was pretty much what Special Judge P.D. Kode had told the actor who played the part, Sanjay Dutt, in 2007 while sentencing him to six years under the Arms Act for illegal possession of firearms. He had, though, abso­l­ved him of the more serious ‘terror’ tag that had haunted him since 1993 in the Bombay blasts case. However, Sanjay appealed to the Supreme Court which this week, on March 21, sentenced him to five years (a reduction of one year). Dutt has had over 25 film releases after his conviction with four films still under production.

Now, as Bollywood rallies around its much-loved Munnabhai, Sanjay himself will be desperately exploring the “narrow window” of appeal (the next four weeks) he has before surrendering....



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