SC to hear Sanjay Dutt’s surrender plea Wednesday

March 16, April 16 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday deferred till 10.30 a.m. Wednesday the hearing of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s plea for six months’ time to surrender, following his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case.

The apex court bench headed by Justice P. Sathasivam said the actor’s plea would be taken up by the bench which had heard the matter and pronounced the judgment.

Sanjay Dutt’s plea challenging his conviction under the Arms Act by a TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court was heard by the apex court bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice B.S. Chauhan.

The apex court had pronounced its order on March 21. While upholding Dutt’s conviction under the Arms Act for possessing illegal arms, the court reduced his sentence from six to five years. The TADA court had sentenced him to undergo six years’ imprisonment.

Sanjay Dutt has already completed one-and-half years in jail, thus he has to serve the remainder three-and-half years’ sentence.

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