Money Power: Sanjay Dutt averts immediate arrest, gets bail

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Sanjay Dutt
Mumbai, April 23: Hours after a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him, Sanjay Dutt on Monday, April 22 appeared before a court and surprisingly got bail. Hence, the Bollywood actor partially won the battle against producer Shakeel Noorani averting immediate arrest.

Dutt, who along with his counsel appeared at the Andheri court at 3:30 pm, was granted bail on the surety of Rs 10,000. The court had issued NBW against the actor as he had failed to appear for court hearing for two consecutive dates.

Dutt has been accused of instructing underworld to threat Noorani. The producer alleged that Dutt had agreed to shoot for his movie in 2002 but later Dutt abandoned the project.

Now, Noorani wants Dutt to repay the signing amount which is a whopping Rs 50 lakh and nearly Rs 2 crore that he says he incurred as losses.

Dutt recently has filed review petition in the Supreme Court challenging his conviction and 5-year-jail term which was given by the apex court in connection with Bombay Blast 1993 case.

Dutt filed the review petition on Friday, April 18 and sources informed that court hearing on the petition is likely to come up in this week. The apex court had upheld Dutt's conviction on March 21 asking him to surrender on or before April 18, 2013.

His jail sentence was, however, reduced from six to five years. Dutt, son of late actor-turned-politician Sunil Dutt, has already served 18 months in jail and will now have to spend another three-and-half-years in jail.

His counsel urged the court to release him on probation, considering his past conduct and involvement with charitable and social work.

Dutt was convicted of illegal possession of arms in November 2006 but was acquitted of more serious charges of criminal conspiracy under the TADA, the now-defunct terror law.

The Supreme Court recently has given 4 weeks relief to Dutt granting his request to extend the time of his surrender. While Dutt had requested for 6 months more to surrender so that he could complete 7 projects, he has only been given 4 weeks on 'humanitarian grounds'. 53-year-old Dutt was to surrender on April 18.

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