LAST RESORT FAILED: SC Rejects Sanjay Dutt’s Final Plea

As reported earlier today, Sanjay Dutt had applied for a curative petition that sought a review of his conviction in the 1993 bomb blasts case . The Supreme Court has rejected the actor's plea - his last resort to gain reprieve.

MUMBAI: As reported earlier today, Sanjay Dutt had applied for a curative petition that sought a review of his conviction in the 1993 bomb blasts case . The Supreme Court has rejected the actor’s plea – his last resort to gain reprieve.

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A curative petition is usually filed after the dismissal of a review petition and the matter is heard in judge’s chambers rather than in open court. The court observed that no case has been made out for it to review its decision of convicting the actor.

While 53-year-old Sanjay was acquitted of the tag of “terrorist”, his conviction was upheld for illegal possession of arms, on basis of his confessional statement.

Dutts’s petition challenged the rule laid down by a three bench judgement in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. This rule says that a confession under TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) would be valid for offences under other Acts too.

It seems that Sanjay Dutt will have to complete the remainder of his 5 year sentence, of which 3.5 years is remaining.

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