Sanjay Dutt to appear in TADA court on Oct 22

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Mumbai, Oct 21: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted under the Arms Act for possession of illegal arms in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, will appear before the TADA Court tomorrow and is expected to be handed over a copy of the judgement. The actor, despite a three and a half hours wait in the court room on Saturday, did not receive his copy as it was not ready. However, the court handed over copies of the judgement, running into 4,340 pages to 13 other convicts, including ten sentenced to death.

On receiving the judgement copies, Dutt and his associate Yusuf Nalwala, who was also granted interim bail by the Supreme court on August 20, till the time they receive their copies, will have to surrender before the authorities.

Satish Maneshinde, counsel for the actor, confirmed that Dutt would surrender in court immediately on being handed over the judgement copy.

However, sources this evening revealed that the court may again reschedule the date as the set of the copy, which is to be handed over to Dutt, is not completely ready.

Dutt's legal team has made a submission to the court that they be provided an e-copy of the judgement, since the copy was running into 4,340 pages, which would pose a logistic hurdle for the actor to appeal in the Apex court, sources informed.

As per exisitng norms, any convict would need to attach nine copies of the judgement, two for the judges and seven for the respondents which include CBI and others.

However, Judge P D Kode said he was not aware of provisions to provide a soft copy of the Judgement and has asked Dutt's legal team to bring such a judgement to his notice.

If the court provides the judgement in CD format, still the actor's legal team will take few days to move the apex court for a fresh bail application, and if the actor's lawyers move an application before the Tada court for an e-copy, the arguments for the same may prolong, keeping the actor away from Jail.

Earlier, the designated TADA court had convicted 100 accused for their role in the serial blasts, which rocked the metropolis on March 12, 1993, in which 257 people were killed and 715 others injured and property worth crores of rupees was damaged.


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