Sanjay has already suffered a lot: Mamata

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 25, 2013 16:12 hrs

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday came out in support of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was sentenced for five years in jail in the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

She said the actor ´has already suffered a lot´.

"I knew Sunil Dutt ji (Sanjay´s father) during my Parliament days, when together we strongly fought against TADA. Eventually, Government had to withdraw TADA," Banerjee posted on her Facebook page on Monday.

"Many requests from the civil society and film personalities have come to me to see that Sanjay does not suffer any more. Though it is not in my hand, I feel that he has already suffered a lot for the blunder he committed earlier," she said.

"From complete wreck, he has again picked up his career to unfold his potential," said the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo.

"Today, I fondly remember Sunil Dutt ji. He used to come to my residence whenever he was in Calcutta. If he were alive, he would have no doubt made all efforts to see that Sanjay does not suffer any more."

"My heart also echoes the same sentiments. Let us all pray that Sanjay lives a calm and peaceful life," she said.

Several political leaders and film personalities have voiced their support for Dutt as the clamour for granting pardon to the Bollywood actor is growing louder since the Supreme Court sentenced him on Thursday.

The Supreme Court sentenced for five years Sanjay Dutt to jail for illegal arms possession during the Mumbai bombings that had killed 257 people in 1993 in the nation´s financial hub.

Dutt, who is the son of late legendary actor couple Nargis Dutt and Sunil Dutt, was accused of illegal possession of arms as lethal as an AK-56 rifle. He was, however, acquitted of graver charges under TADA or the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.

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

The actor was given four weeks to surrender though he is likely to file a review petition.

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

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