Indian actor Sanjay Dutt faces trouble over Mumbai blasts
By Sajad - Thu Aug 23 2012, 4:23 pm
Repercussions of 1993 Mumbai blasts continue to trouble Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Dutt, on whom the investigating agency Central Bureau of Investigations holds circumstantial evidences of his involvement in the blasts, is in a tight spot yet again.
The Central Bureau of Investigation CBI on Thursday, Aug 23 urged the Supreme Court to uphold Dutt’s conviction in connection with the 1993 Bombay blasts. The agency also asked to uphold the verdict of the Bombay High Court which earlier had pronounced six-years imprisonment for the actor.
Mr Dutt was arrested after the blasts in 1993 and spent 18 months in jail before being granted conditional bail. In 2007, he was convicted by a Special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) court for illegally possessing a 9 mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle but was acquitted of more serious charges under the now defunct TADA law.
The actor was sentenced to six years in jail. In August 2007, he moved the Supreme Court challenging his conviction, and sought bail. He was granted bail in November 2007.
The Supreme Court is holding final hearing on the appeals filed by convicts as well as the CBI in the case in which 12 persons were awarded death penalty and 78 others sentenced to varying terms ranging from three years to life imprisonment.
Dutt`s lawyer, however, insisted that the 16-inch rifle spring, which was later shown as a recovery, was planted on the actor by the investigating agency.
A special TADA court in Mumbai in 2006 held him guilty under the Arms Act for possessing a weapon illegally, though acquitted him from other TADA charges.
This comes as earlier this month, the Supreme Court had asked the actor about the extent of his contact with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is wanted in India for the terror attack in Mumbai. Replying to the query, his lawyer informed the court that Mr Dutt had only attended a dinner in Dubai hosted by Dawood before the Mumbai terror attack.