LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has been sentenced to imprisonment for six years for illegal possession of weapons that were given to him by gangsters associated with the bomb blasts that killed 257 people in 1993.
The high profile trial has created huge interest in India where Dutt is a highly paid and popular actor. He is easily the most high-profile among 100 people, mostly Muslims, found guilty in the bombings trial, one of the world’s longest-running court cases.
Dutt, who spent 16 months in prison after his arrest in April 1993 and was free on bail, was also fined Rs 25,000 by the special TADA court of Judge P D Kode.
The court rejected Dutt’s application seeking exemption from a prison term under the Probation of Offenders (POA) Act.
Dutt was visibly shocked as the judge gave the reasoning for his decision not to grant him relief under the POA Act.
After pronouncing the sentence, the court cancelled the bail granted to Dutt and told police to take him into custody.