Why Sanjay Dutt lost Sena support post Bal Thackeray era

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Mumbai, March 25: 53-year-old Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt will soon be in jail following the Supreme Court order on Bombay Blasts 1993 case. However, the actor seems to have experienced a change in Mumbai political scenario post Bal Thackeray's demise.

Shiv Sena, which once under Bal Thackeray's rule had fought for Sanjay, now reversed their decision on the actor. Speaking at the Maharashtra assembly on Monday, March 25, Sena leader Neelam Gorhe claimed that pardoning Sanjay Dutt will send the wrong message to the society.

Earlier in 1993 when Sanjay was arrested in connection with the Bombay blasts case, Bal Thackeray had openly supported him. Sanjay's lawyer Satish Maneshinde recalled how the then Sena supremo had called Congress leader and the them prime minister Narasimha Rao to get support for the son of a Congress MP - Sunil Dutt.

It is believed that the Dutts and the Thackerays have been sharing good rapport with each other ever since the latter had supported the former. Sanjay's sister Priya Dutt, who is currently a Congress MP from Mumbai, also acknowledges Bal Thackeray's open support to her family members during the crisis.

Now, Shiv Sena's decision of not supporting Sanjay might have shocked many, especially at this moment when many politicians have been demanding the he must be pardoned as he "has suffered a lot".

The apex court recently upheld TADA court's sentence on Sanjay, however, reduced it from six-year-imprisonment to five-year-imprisonment. As the bollywood actor had already served 18 months in jail, hence he has to spent three and half years behind bar.

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