SC likely to hear Sanjay Dutt bail plea tomorrow

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New Delhi, Nov 1 (UNI) Supreme Court may hear tomorrow the bail application of Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, who has been sentenced to six years imprisonment by TADA Court under the Arms Act in 1993 Bombay serial bomb blast case.

The appeal filed by Dutt against his conviction and sentence and his application for suspension of sentence and grant of bail is going to be mentioned for urgent hearing before the Supreme Court tomorrow.

Dutt's bail application can now be considered at the earliest on November 12 as tomorrow would be the last working day in the apex court before Diwali holidays and it would reopen on November 12.

Dutt, who is presently lodged in Yerwada Central Jail, Pune will have to wait at least till November 12.

The actor in his appeal has contended that no weapon was recovered either from his person or at his behest and hence offence against him has not been proved. He has already served about 16 months sentence and the jail term of about four years and eight months still remain to be served.

Dutt had surrendered before the TADA court on October 24 after he was supplied with the copy of the trial court judgement as per the direction of the apex court.

He has been given a clean chit under TADA but has been held guilty for illegal possession of arms like AK-56.

The CBI during the last hearing had put the convicts in different categories namely those not actively involved in the conspiracy and those actively involved in the conspiracy and CBI counsel made it clear that CBI had no difficulty if those not actively involved in the conspiracy were released on bail and Dutt fell in this category.


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