Letter seeking pardon for Sanjay Dutt sent to Maharashtra Home Department

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 15:14 hrs
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Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan forwarded expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh's letter, seeking pardon for Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, to the state Home Department on March 28, a Raj Bhawan spokesperson said on Sunday.

On March 26, Singh and Jayaprada had met the Governor to seek pardon for Dutt, who already served 18 months, after being sentenced to five years' imprisonment in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, he said.

Actress-turned politician Jayaprada had said, "He (Dutt) is an innocent person. It is very unfortunate. Knowingly or unknowingly, it has been written in his fate that he has to struggle like this. If you see the background of his family, his father Sunil Dutt was in politics and had a very good name. Perhaps, innocently he has done something".

Significantly, Amar Singh and Jayaprada had met Dutt at his Bandra residence before they met the Governor at Raj Bhawan.

Earlier, several celebrities, including Press Council of India chairman, retired Justice Markandey Katju, as well as actor-turned-politicians Jaya Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha had sought pardon for Dutt.

Katju had sought pardon for Dutt under Article 161 of the Constitution, saying that he had not been found guilty of having played a role in the 1993 blasts and had suffered a lot.

Sanjay Dutt should face sentence gracefully: Bhagat Singh's kin

Abhitej Singh Sandhu, grand-nephew of 'Shaheed-e-Azam' Bhagat Singh, has opposed granting pardon to Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, saying the demand for clemency to the Bollywood actor tantamount to an "affront" to judiciary.

"What these political leaders, actors and others are doing by raising their voice requesting reprieve for Sanjay Dutt are in fact insulting the judicial system of the country", Sandhu told reporters yesterday after taking darshan of Saibaba at the famous shrine here.

"The sentence awarded by respectable court is right and Sanjay Dutt should face it gracefully", he said.

The supreme court in its recent verdict upheld the conviction of Dutt in the 1993 blasts case for illegal possession of arms and handed him down five-year imprisonment.

The actor who has served 18 months in jail so far, will have to undergo the term of three-and-a-half-years.

The Press Council of India chairman Justice (retd) Markandey Katju had raised the pitch seeking clemency for Dutt, besides Bollywood actors and some politicians.

Sandhu said the country was still not out of its British hangover and was ruled by "Black Britishers".

"Presently, our country is passing through darkness. The difference is that the Britishers are replaced by Black Britishers who have been ruling us now", he said.

Sandhu said that the government "shrewdly divided" social activists Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal and Baba Ramdev who wanted to change the "corrupt system".

"Even after so many years of independence, people are not getting adequate electricity and water supply, besides other basic amenities", he added.

Allahabad HC advocates write to President for Dutt's clemency

Two advocates of the Allahabad High Court have petitioned the President for granting pardon to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was recently sentenced to five years in prison by the Supreme Court in an Arms Act case.

The clemency petition was e-mailed to the President's office by advocates Brij Bhushan Paul and H N Mehrotra.

In their petition, a copy of which has been made available here, the advocates have made an appeal, "on their own behalf and on behalf of majority of like-minded advocates of the Allahabad High Court" to grant pardon to Dutt, besides keeping in abeyance the execution of the sentence awarded by the Apex court "pending final decision of the matter by Your Excellency".

Describing Dutt as a person belonging to "a respectable family", the advocates said he has "already undergone imprisonment for eighteen months," which was "sufficient to cater to the very purpose of law and his conviction".

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