SC adjournes Sanjay Dutt's bail plea till Nov 27

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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) The Supreme Court today adjourned the hearing of the application of Bollywood film star Sanjay Dutt for suspension of his sentence and his release on bail in the 1993 Bombay serial bomb blasts case till November 27.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justices Lokeshwar Singh Panta and J M Panchal also directed that bail applications from three other accused shall also be heard on the same day.

Dutt has come in appeal to the apex court against his conviction and sentence by TADA court in the blast case.

The actor was sentenced to six-year-imprisonment under the Arms Act and given a clean chit in an offence under TADA is concerned.

Dutt is seeking his release on bail on the grounds that during the period of 12 years, when he was on bail, his conduct has been outstanding and he had never tried to misuse his liberty.

He has also contended that offence under Arms Act has not been proved against him as no recoveries were made either from him or at his behest.

The court today indicated that it may pass a general order of bail in favour of the accused who are not actively involved in the conspiracy.

Dutt was represented by senior counsel V R Manohar. Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium appearing for CBI made it clear that the central investigating agency may not have much difficulty if those not involved directly and actively in the conspiracy, are granted bail and Dutt falls in that category.

The actor had surrendered before the TADA court when copy of the trial court judgement was applied to him as per the directions of the apex court.

Other petitioners are Yusuf Nallawala, Zaibunisa Anwar Qazi and Samir Hingora.

Over 250 lives were lost when Bombay was rocked by a series of bomb blasts on March 12, 1993.

The conspiracy was allegedly hatched to settle scores for the 1992 communal riots which was sparked of by the demolition of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya.

The trial took 13 years to conclude as there are 123 accused in the case and the judgement runs into 4340 pages. Dutt has already served one and a half years in prison.

The accused in the case include Dawood Ibrahim and Saudi Arabia based Memon brothers, who have been declared absconders in the case.

UNI

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