New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused to entertain a petition by a Bollywood production house who sought an extension of time for actor Sanjay Dutt to surrender so that he could finish the shoot for its films. The two films that Dutt is currently shooting for are 'Policegiri' and 'Vasooli'.
Dutt is to surrender on May 15 in the 1993 Bombay serial blasts case. 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 his professional commitments.
He was granted another four weeks' time by the apex court on "humanitarian grounds". The Supreme Court had relied on this judgement while deciding the appeals filed by convicts of the 1993 blasts case. Dutt has served 18 months in prison during the trial, and has to undergo a jail term of three-and-a-half years.
With Additional Inputs from PTI