May 10, 2013

1993 Mumbai blasts case: Supreme Court dismisses actor Sanjay Dutt's review petition

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed actor Sanjay Dutt's petition that his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case be reconsidered. He has to surrender by May 15.

The court said there is no case made out for it to review its decision of March this year, when it had upheld Mr Dutt's conviction for possessing arms illegally and sentenced him to a five-year jail term.

In April, the court had rejected Mr Dutt's plea that he be given six more months to surrender to allow him to finish pending films. The court gave him one month to wrap up his work.

The 53-year-old filmstar has already spent about 18 months in jail and has to serve three and a half years more. (Case timeline)

The court also dismissed the review petitions of six other convicts. They are Yusuf Mohsin Nulwalla, Khalil Ahmed Sayed Ali Nazir, Mohamed Dawood Yusuf Khan, Shaikh Asif Yusuf, Muzammil Umar Kadri and Mohd Ahmed Shaikh.

Mr Dutt was convicted by the TADA court for illegal possession of a 9 mm Pistol and a AK-56 rifle, part of a consignment of weapons and explosives brought to Mumbai for coordinated serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700 in 1993.

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