Without hiding his disappointment, Rajinikanth on Friday, March 22 was quoted as saying, "I was very disturbed when I heard my friend and a lovely person Sanjay Dutt's verdict."
"The current support and appeal for his pardon is giving me hope. I pray to god that he gets remedy and spends atleast the rest of his life peacefully," he added.
Rajinikanth's statement surfaced following reports claiming that Justice Markandey Katju, the Chairman of Press Council of India, appealed to Maharashtra Governor K Sankarnarayanan to pardon the actor.
Katju on Thursday sent a letter seeking pardon for Dutt under Article 161 of the Constitution saying that he had not been found guilty of having played a role in the 1993 blasts and had suffered a lot.
Katju said the apex court, having found that Sanjay Dutt had in his possession a prohibited weapon without a licence, awarded him the minimum imprisonment which was prescribed under law.
Meanwhile, veteran Bollywood actress Jaya Bachchan, who is also an MP of Samajwadi Party, claimed, "I agree with everyone that he (Sanjay Dutt) has suffered a lot. I believe that he should not be given such a big punishment. He is a changed man now. I'm going to personally appeal governor and ask him to pardon him."
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld TADA Court's sentence and asked Dutt to surrender before Bombay Court within one month. However, the court reduced the jail term from six years to five years. The Bollywood actor, who had already spent 18 months in jail, now has to spent three and half years behind the bar.