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Mumbai blasts: SC rejects film producer’s plea

Mumbai blasts: SC rejects film producer’s plea
The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a plea by a producer of film star Sanjay Dutt’s two films – Policegiri and Vasooli – to give him more time to surrender to serve his remaining three-and-a-half-year jail term in Mumbai serial bomb blasts case. The producer sough more time to complete the two films which are under production. Dutt has already served one-and-half year of sentence.

A bench of Justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra refused to entertain the plea of the producer, saying that the apex court had already said that the actor will not be given any further time to surrender.

On 10 May, the Supreme Court had dismissed Dutt’s plea seeking review of its judgement on his conviction and five-year jail term. Dutt was convicted by the TADA court for illegal possession of a 9 mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle which were part of a consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for Mumbai serial blasts in 1993.

The apex court had upheld the TADA court conviction in March, though it had reduced the jail term of Dutt from six years to five years on March 21. The court had also rejected his application for his release on probation on the ground that the nature of offence was so serious that Dutt cannot be released on probation.


DUTT FEARS THREAT TO LIFE; WANTS TO SURRENDER BEFORE YERWADA JAIL

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in the 1993 bomb blasts case, on Tuesday told a TADA court that he was facing threat to life from fundamentalist groups and hence should be allowed to surrender before Yerwada jail instead of the special court here.

Dutt filed an application before special TADA Judge G A Sanap seeking permission to surrender before the Yerwada jail in Pune instead of giving himself up before the special court in south Mumbai.

Dutt, whose conviction under the Arms Act was upheld by the Supreme Court recently, is supposed to surrender on 16 May.
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