Supreme Court grants interim bail to Sanjay Dutt

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court has granted interim bail to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who had been sentenced for six years.

Dutt was sentenced on 31 July and was taken to Arthur Road jail. However, after a few days, he was moved to Pune Yerawada Jail.

The conviction order is yet to come from the court and Dutt will be released on bail only after the order comes in. The bail is valid till the time the special TADA court, which sentenced the actor, provides him a copy of its judgment. The TADA court is expected to give the judgment copy by 27 August, which means that Dutt will get to spend seven days outside jail.

While granting bail, the court said Dutt’s passport will remain with the trial court and he was barred from leaving the country without the court’s permission. After getting a copy of the TADA court’s judgment, the actor will have to surrender. While out on bail, he will have to appear once a week before a police station.

The Supreme Court granted bail to all the 1993 Mumbai blasts case accused who have not been given copies of judgment. Once they receive the copies, they will have to surrender before the police.

The actor’s lawyers have also filed an appeal before the apex court challenging his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.