Update July 31st’07: Sanjay Dutt sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment, though free of being indicted in the TADA category. He has already served eighteen months… as well as 14 years of stressful waiting till the matter was disposed. One might have expected that the remainder might have been pardoned due to factors ranging from social service to good behaviour. as well as having no case against him all of these years. Maybe there is more to come…but as of now, this is the verdict.
Rather strong severe. His having dinner with Dawood proved to be his downfall as well as trying to destroy the arms..which in fact proves he had no intention of using them. His appeal in the Supreme Court is pending.
Sanjay Dutt is not a terrorist- Justice Kode
One chapter in the life of Sanjay Dutt, a matinee idol, seems to be reaching a happy conclusion. Thirteen years, almost fourteen, the period of ‘banvas’, for Sanju baba as he is fondly referred to by the film fraternity has been wrought with tumultous ups and downs, a sea of challenging situations, when words like peace, happiness, contentment may have been on the other shore, despite being a star and privy to the best life can afford..A rare example in Bollywood, for that matter, Hollywood as well.
The verdict finally pronounced to day, absolved him totally and with finality from being involved in the Mumbai blasts of ’93. Instead was convicted under the Arms act, for possessing illegal arms and ammunition. It is pertinent to note that Sanjay has already served 18 months in prison, while the trial was on, as interim period in prosecution for the Tada cases, which today he stands free of. Understandably, a big relief for him and his family to be out of the clutches of the draconian law with its rather horrendous implications..also to be finally rid of the humiliation of being addressed as a ‘terrorist’ for 13 years!!
What was the compulsion that led him to acquire the AK56? Perhaps the same that would make him to buy a Hummer! How many of us knew in 1993 that buying a weapon of that class was illegal to embroil us in such a catastrophe. One recalls how this very same weapon was handed over to actor Sridevi, by K.P.S. Gill, during her visit to Punjab for a shoot..maybe only to hold and get the feel of. What therefore is the signal of this gesture for a common man? One is not attempting to whitewash his act. But we have to also bear in mind that in the early 90’s, Bollywood was almost like a feudal territiory of the underworld. Celebrities were hobnobbing with them either out of fear, or because they happened to be the Producers, or worse still because they were coerced into appearing at their privated do’s, to perform at their behest.
It was Sanjay Dutts misfortune that his ‘munna like’ naivete, susceptibility, immaturity, led him to not only befriend these anti social elements but also fall prey to their machinantions. However to conclude that he was a’Bhai’, a conspirator in the blasts was a far fetched and malicious theory propounded summarily because there were political undertones to it.. Sunil Dutt, his father was a Congress officiando who was growing by leaps and bounds in popularity and goodwill, much to the consternation of the opposing parties…the rest is history.
He has been granted bail or rather his bail has been extended. His term, if convicted can extend from 1-10 years. The prosecution is not in a mood to appeal to the Supreme Court against the order which freed him from their allegations of Tada provisions.
If the court takes into consideration the sentence he has already served in rather extreme conditions, of 18 months, which was provisional, and to do with Tada, also the tenure of 13 years with no further icident of misconduct/misdemeanour, there is a chance that abiding by the proviso of ‘mitigation of sentence’, he will be let off easily or with minimum term.
If anything, this verdict has proved that no leniency had been shown but a fair, just and balanced verdict had been pronounced, since Sanjay had confessed to be in the possession of these arms.
“Its fools who learn from their own experience..wise learn from others experiences”..wish somebody had warned Sanjay..Hope others, now get warned, in time.
The title was inspired from a ticker on aaj tak