New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has come out in support of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt and said he is a "great man" and simply indulged in some foolishness. Days after Sanjay Dutt was awarded a jail term of five years in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case by the Supreme Court, the senior Congress leader added that Sunil Dutt, Sanjay's father, was trying to build communal harmony and that is why his son was targeted.
Digvijaya added that is wrong to compare Afzal Guru's hanging with Sanjay Dutt's case, as is being done in Kashmir now. "I am only asking for pardon to be shown by the Maharashtra governor in this case. I will also ask for speedier justice for the case of riot victims," Digvijaya said.
He had earlier said, "Sanjay Dutt is not a criminal. He is not a terrorist. The atmosphere was bad in 1993 and he reacted to it like any child would. He made a mistake and paid the price for it by going to jail for 18 months".
Earlier, Chairman of Press Council of India Justice Markandey Katju said Dutt should be pardoned and that he will meet the Maharashtra Chief Minister on the issue. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Justice Katju had said, "I am not questioning the Supreme Court verdict. I have sent an appeal to the Governor requesting him to pardon Sanjay Dutt and I have said this on humanitarian reasons."
The apex court found the actor guilty of acquiring illegal weapons from those blamed for the bombings in Mumbai that killed 257 people and was given four weeks to surrender.