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Sanjay Dutt clarifies he'll not seek pardon; appeals for privacy


Raksha Shetty, Mihir Trivedi, CNN-IBN
Mar 28, 2013 at 10:37pm IST

Mumbai: Amidst the clamour to seek a pardon for him, actor Sanjay Dutt on Thursday broke his silence. Sanjay said, "Right now I am a shattered man. My family is shattered. I have very very tough time in my life, in our lives."

An emotional, and dejected Dutt broke down while addressing the media for the first time since the Supreme Court upheld his conviction in the 1993 Bombay blasts case. "I will surrender. When the time is given. Honourable Supreme Court has given me time to surrender and I will surrender at that time," said Dutt.

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Dutt, who was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for illegally possessing arms under the Arms Act, also quelled speculation over appeals for his pardon put forth by politicians and judicial activists. Dutt said, "All I can tell you is that I haven't applied for any pardon. There are many other people who deserve pardon and I with folded hands want to tell the media, the honourable citizens of my country and the senior media people is that when I am not going for a pardon there is no debate about it."

Though Dutt has dissociated himself from the debate over appeals for his pardon and has said he will only focus on his family and work, Press Council Chairman retired Justice Markandey Katju, who sparked off the debate over Dutt's pardon, has said he will go ahead with his appeal. "It doesn't matter if he doesn't want to appeal. I will go ahead with the appeal for him and for Zaibunisa Kazi anyway," said Katju.

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The question is with the actor himself not pushing for pardon, would these appeals still stand strong. With over Rs 300 crore riding on his films, Dutt says he will now focus on completing his pending projects. "I have a lot of work. I have to finish all that work. I have to spend all this time with my family. So,I with folded hands tell you all is that just let me be in peace till the time I go in. I love my country and I love the citizens of my country and I love India. I love India. Thank you," said Dutt.

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