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May 16, 2013 at 08:37am IST

1993 Bombay blasts: Sanjay Dutt to surrender in a TADA court today

Mumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt will finally surrender in a TADA court in Mumbai on Thursday in the 1993 Bombay blasts case. Earlier he had filed an application requesting to be allowed to surrender directly at Pune's Yerwada Jail expressing fears of being chased by the media and threats from fundamentalists. However, the actor withdrew his application on Wednesday morning.

Dutt will be surrendering two months after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction in the 1993 Bombay blasts case under Arms Act. And since the actor has already served 18 months of his five-year long sentence, he will now have to serve three and a half years. On April 17, the Supreme Court had granted the actor an extension of four weeks to finish his incomplete films.

In the last one month, he has managed to complete most of his pending films which include Policegiri, Rensil De Silva's Unglee, Apoorva Lakhia's remake of Zanjeer and Raj Kumar Hirani's PK.

As for fans of Dutt, he will next be seen in a film titled 'Hum Hai Raahi Car Ke' which is set to release on May24, just days after the actor surrenders.

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.