New Delhi, Mar 21 (): The Supreme Court on Thursday imposed 5 years’ jail term for Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt and confirmed death penalty to Yakub Abdul Razak Memon and ten others in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
Sanjay Dutt who was earlier awarded six years’ jail term in the year 1993 by an anti-terror TADA court for his involvement with possession of weapons illegally, spent 18 months in jail after he was arrested in the case by the Mumbai police after the explosion which rocked the city of Mumbai leading to heavy loss of lives and huge destruction.
Upholding the conviction of Sanjay Dutt under Arms Act in 1993 blasts case, the Supreme Court reduced six years’ jail term of the actor by the TADA court to five years. Sanjay Dutt has already spent 18 months behind bars and will have to spend the remaining term in the jail and will not be shooting pictures for the remaining three and a half years of prison term, said the apex court.
The blast took place at twelve different places including Bombay Stock Exchange building, Hotels Sea Rock, Juhu Centaur, Air-India Building and at Worli in which 257 persons were killed and 713 were reportedly injured.
Bearing in mind the seriousness of the crime, it will not be appropriate to provide probation to the actor as per his appeal, said the Court. Dutt’s legal representative Satish Maneshinde, said that Supreme Court’s order will be obeyed. The court has also asked all the accused to surrender within four weeks.
The court also blamed the police, customs and coastal guards for the Mumbai explosion that took place in 1993. Except prime accused Dawood Ibrahim, Yakub Memon and some other accused who are absconding, all other accused were arrows in their hands, observed the court.
Meanwhile, security was tightened in a number of sensitive areas in Mumbai including the blast sites, said the police. More than 600 witnesses were examined in the case which went on for 14 long years at Arthur Road Prison in Mumbai, said sources.