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May 22, 2013 at 09:11am IST

1993 Bombay blasts case: Sanjay Dutt shifted to Pune's Yerwada Jail

Mumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt, who had surrendered in a TADA court in Mumbai on May 16 in the 1993 Bombay blasts case, was shifted to Pune's Yerwada Jail on Wednesday.

The 53-year-old Bollywood star was lodged in the 'anda' cell in the Arthur Road jail after Dutt surrendered before the expiry of the Supreme Court-set deadline to serve his remaining sentence in the 1993 Bombay serial blasts case.

Dutt had told a special TADA court that he faced threat to his life from fundamentalist groups.

The Supreme Court in its March 21 verdict awarded five years' imprisonment to the 53-year-old actor for illegal possession of arms. The apex court on May 14 refused to grant him more time to surrender.

The actor has already served 18 months of his total sentence and will now serve the remaining jail term. The apex court had reduced to five years the six-year jail term awarded to Dutt by a designated TADA court in 2006 while ruling out his release on probation, saying the "nature" of his offence was "serious". Dutt was convicted by the TADA court for illegally possessing a 9 mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle, which were part of a consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for coordinated serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700 in 1993.