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Mar 31, 2013 at 03:47pm IST

Maharashtra: Amar Singh's plea seeking pardon for Sanjay Dutt reaches state Home Ministry

Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan on Sunday forwarded expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh's letter seeking pardon for Sanjay Dutt to Maharashtra State Home Department. The Bollywood actor, who has already undergone imprisonment of 18 months, was sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Supreme Court in 1993 Bombay serial blasts case.

This is the first such letter that has been forwarded to the state Home Ministry. Amar Singh has been close to Dutt and was his mentor when the actor briefly dabbled in politics.

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Earlier, several celebrities including Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju, actor-turned-politicians Jaya Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha had sought pardon for Dutt.

"He is an innocent person. It is very unfortunate. Knowingly or unknowingly, it has been written in his fate that he has to struggle like this. Particularly for Sanjay Dutt, if you see the background of his family and all. His father Sunil Dutt served a lot for the country and even in politics he had a very good name. And knowing his nature and character as a great father, and his son, he also...innocently maybe.. has done something," Jaya Prada had said.