Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Monday opposed the move to pardon Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt stating that it would send a wrong message to the society.
Speaking in the Legislative Council during a debate on Law and Order scenario in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe said, "There should not be a rethink on the Supreme Court's judgment. It will send a wrong message to the society if Dutt is pardoned."
The Supreme Court had on March 19, upheld his conviction under the Arms Act for illegally possessing prohibited weapons including an AK-56 rifle and sentenced him to five years of imprisonment.
Shiv Sena said that pardoning Sanjay Dutt for possessing illegal arms would send a wrong message to the society.
"Leaders from various political parties have demanded that he should be pardoned. But if leniency is shown to Dutt, it would amount to providing political cover to the convicts in this case," Neelam added.
Incidentally the then Congress MP, and Sanjay Dutt's father, Sunil Dutt had turned up to Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray to ensure that his actor son got some relief after he was arrested and jailed under the stringent Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, also known as TADA, for possessing illegal weapons.
Various film personalities and politicians have stated that the Maharashtra government could make a request to the state governor to pardon Sanjay Dutt.
As per the provisions of the law, the governor has powers to pardon a convict or reduce his punishment.