Sanjay Dutt to surrender today

Last Updated: Thu, May 16, 2013 06:43 hrs
Sanjay Dutt to surrender today

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings, will surrender in a TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities -Prevention- Act) court on Thursday.

Though Dutt earlier said he feared for his life from fundamentalists and would surrender at Yerwada Jail in Pune, he later chose to surrender in the TADA court.

Dutt will be taken into custody and sent to the Arthur Road Jail, from where he is expected to go to Yerwada Jail in Pune.

On Wednesday, authorities at the Arthur Road Jail received an anonymous letter stating there is a threat to the actor´s life inside the prison premises.

Police said he will be given adequate protection.

Earlier, the Supreme Court ruled out any extension of surrender time to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

The apex court refused to accept the appeals filed by producers of Dutt´s films under production.

The Supreme Court on April 17 last gave four weeks more to Dutt to surrender before the law and go to jail to serve his term after his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case.

Dutt had requested for an additional six months´ time to surrender.

On Friday (May 10), giving a blow to Dutt, the Supreme Court rejected his plea that sought review of its March 21 decision where he was convicted in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

The apex court also dismissed the review petitions of six other convicts in the case.

Apart from Dutt, six other convicts who appealed for review petitions were Yusuf Mohsin Nulwalla, Khalil Ahmed Sayed Ali Nazir, Mohamed Dawood Yusuf Khan, Shaikh Asif Yusuf, Muzammil Umar Kadri and Mohd Ahmed Shaikh.

The Supreme Court on Mar 21 announced its verdict on Dutt for illegal arms possession during the Mumbai bombings that had killed 257 people in 1993 in the nation´s financial hub.

On Mar 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 (believed to be hiding in Pakistan now) and two other terrorists-Tiger Memon and his brother Yakub Memon.

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