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As Sanjay Dutt seeks privacy, supporters insist on clemency

As Sanjay Dutt seeks privacy,  supporters insist on clemency
Sanjay Dutt, who has been ordered by the Supreme Court to return to jail to complete a five-year sentence in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, on Thursday said he has not sought any pardon and will surrender in time.

Amid a growing clamour for his clemency, the 53-year-old Bollywood actor said, ‘All I can tell you is I have not applied for pardon.‘There are many other people who deserve pardon. I want to tell with folded hands to the media, the honourable citizens of the country that when I am not going for pardon then there can be no debate about it,’ said Dutt, who broke down during his interaction with the press here.

The actor said he had the highest respect for the apex court and will abide by all terms and conditions put forth by it.‘This is the tough time in my life. With folded hands I request the media and citizens let me be at peace,’ he said.

Several noted personalities including Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju and actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan had sought pardon for Dutt.

When pointed out that Dutt will not seek clemency, Katju, however, said he will go ahead and apply for his pardon. Asked about the Bollywood actor’s statement that he would not apply for mercy, Katju said, ‘That makes no difference to me, I am going to apply for pardon to the President and to the governor (of Maharashtra). I think he (Dutt) and Zaibunnissa both deserve pardon.’
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