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1993 Bombay blasts convict Zaibunisa seeks pardon, gets Katju's support


Shoaib Ahmed, CNN-IBN
Mar 27, 2013 at 02:26pm IST

Mumbai: Amidst growing clamour for pardoning Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was recently sentenced to five years in prison by the Supreme Court in 1993 Bombay blasts case, another convict, a 70-year-old woman, has now sought pardon. Backing Zaibunisa Kazia's request, Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Markandey Katju, who had sought pardon for Dutt, said Zaibunisa also deserved pardon.

Zaibunisa Kazi, who has been convicted for the same charges as Sanjay Dutt, has appealed to the Maharashtra Governor seeking pardon. "I don't know Sanjay Dutt personally. I sought pardon for him purely on humanitarian grounds. I will send letter to the Governor and the President, both for Zaibunisa and Sanjay, tomorrow," Justice Katju, who was criticised for seeking pardon for Dutt, said.

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Zaibunisa's daughter asked clemency for her mother, after Justice Katju demanded that Sanjay Dutt be pardoned. "I wish I was a celebrity or my mother was a celebrity or a sister of an MP. Even my mother would have got the kind of support Sanjay Dutt is getting. If it is on humanitarian grounds then why only Sanjay Dutt, why not Zaibunisa," her daughter had said.

However, Katju defended his support for Dutt saying it made no difference to him whether a person is a celebrity or not. He further added that everybody is entitled to seek pardon, as it is part of the constitution.

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"I have made pleas for non-celebrities also. I don't know Sanjay Dutt personally. I haven't even watched films in 40 years," Katju said.

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