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1993 blasts case: SC dismisses Sanjay Dutt's plea against conviction


Ashok Bagriya, CNN-IBN
Jul 23, 2013 at 06:41pm IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed actor Sanjay Dutt's curative petition seeking review of his conviction in the 1993 Bombay blasts case. With this, Dutt has exhausted all legal options before him.

Dutt had filed a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging his conviction and five-year jail term in the blasts case.

The 53-year-old Dutt was held guilty by the TADA court in 2007 under the Arms Act for possession of an automatic rifle, but he was acquitted under the stringent TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act), with the trial judge observing that he was not a "terrorist". The court accepted his confessional statement that he had procured the weapon for self-defence during the riots.

The Supreme Court, on March 21, 2013, had dismissed Dutt's appeal, but reduced the prison term to five years from six years. Dutt had been directed to surrender on April 18, but he sought more time in view of his professional commitments.

He was granted another four weeks' time by the apex court on "humanitarian grounds". The legal team of Dutt's filed a review petition contending that the confession made under TADA cannot be treated as evidence for offences under other Acts when the accused has been acquitted under TADA.

The petition has sought reconsideration of the rule laid down in three-bench judgement in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, which held that confession under TADA would be valid for offences under other Acts too.

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