Sanjay Dutt's jail shocks Bollywood

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 12:28 hrs

The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced for five years Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, evoking reactions from Bollywood fraternity.

In a series of tweets, filmmaker Kunal Kohli said: "The real planners of the ´93 blasts are sitting safely in Pakistan,till they are brought to book, justice will not be served."

"The ´93 blast case should NOT be made about Sanjay Dutt.The Real planners are sitting safely in Pakistan like Osama Bin Laden was," Kohli posted on his micro-blogging site Twitter homepage.

"The way america caught Osama Bin Laden,we need to do a similar operation if Pak doesn´t hand over the ´93 blast masterminds living there," he said.

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who had cast Sanjay in several of his films and stood by him in his bad times, said he was ´heart broken´ after hearing the apex court´s verdict.

"Heart Broken: Just heard that Sanjay Dutt has to go to jail for 5 years. I expected mercy! Alas it did not happen," Bhatt tweeted.

Bollywood filmmaker Karaj Johar tweeted: "I am truly shattered to hear of Sanju´s sentence...the nicest guy i have known just does n(o)t deserve heart goes out to him."

Celebrity photographer Dabboo Ratnani said: "Shattered to Hear about @duttsanjay ...Love Him...He is Like My Elder Brother & has a Pure Heart of Gold. God give Him Strength #SanjayDutt."

"Praying For Our Sanju Baba @duttsanjay #SanjayDutt," he posted on Twitter.

Music director Vishal Dadlani said he would stand by Dutt.

"I stand with @duttsanjay, always will. He´s my brother. He made mistakes, but he´s served more than his time, in terms of mental stress...I am not contesting/denying the law, but it breaks my heart that @duttsanjay ´s to face this.He has done so much, so selflessly for so many!" Dadlani posted on Twitter.

Reacting on the issue, journalist and filmmaker Pritish Nandy said: "I am amazed how ranters obfuscate issues. Sanjay Dutt goes to jail for possession of illegal arms. Not for the Mumbai blasts."

Dutt´s ´Munna Bhai´ co-star Arshad Warsi said the court gave ´too harsh a decision´.

"I am numb, I don´t know what to say. Sanjay Dutt is not a criminal. This is too harsh a decision," Warsi tweeted.

Jewelry designer Farah Khan Ali said: "Sanjay Dutt is a very good Man who doesn´t deserve this sentence. God give him the strength. Prayers and more with his family."

The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced for five years the Bollywood actor in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, after his conviction in an arms case.

Dutt was earlier sentenced to six years of imprisonment by a TADA court in July 2007. Dutt, who is out on bail now after spending 18 months in prison, had challenged his conviction in the Supreme Court.

He was accused of illegal possession of arms, including an AK-56 rifle. He was, however, acquitted of graver charges under TADA or the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.

Effectively Dutt will now have to spend three years and eight months in jail.

Dutt was given four weeks to surrender. He can file a review petition too.

On March 12, 1993, twelve coordinated blasts in Bombay Stock Exchange, Air India Building at Nariman Point and hotels Sea Rock and Juhu Centaur resulted in death of at least 257 people and injury to more than 700.

It was alleged that the blasts were the instruments to avenge the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya in December 1992 and were allegedly conspired by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon and his brother Ayub Memon.

The blasts resulted in the conviction of 100 people; out of which 11 were sentenced to death, while another 22 were given life terms by a TADA court.

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