Sanjay Dutt Seeks Mercy By Review Petition

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MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been convicted by the Honorable Supreme Court for 5 years of imprisonment in relation to the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, is to move the apex court by way of a review petition.

In its March 21 judgement, the SC held Dutt guilty under the Arms Act for possessing an AK-56 and an automatic rifle. But the court acquitted him under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act [TADA], which had also been invoked against him.

A legal team based in Delhi has prepared the petition which is likely to be filed within this week before the same bench who awarded the actor the sentence.

Dutt will contend in the petition that a confession made under TADA cannot form the main piece of evidence for offences under other Acts, when the accused is acquitted under TADA.

The actor’s team of lawyers will plead for reconsideration of the three-judge bench judgment in the Rajiv Gandhi killer case, which held that a confession under TADA would be valid even elsewhere and which the SC had relied on in the 1993 blasts case against Sanjay Dutt.