Court to decide on Sanjay Dutt surrender plea today

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Mumbai, May 15: A designated TADA court on Wednesday will decide on a plea filed by actor Sanjay Dutt seeking permission to surrender before the Yerwada jail in Pune instead of the special court in south Mumbai.

Dutt, who has been convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, has been asked to surrender by May 16 and undergo the remaining 42 months jail term. Judge G A Sanap asked the CBI, the prosecuting body, to file a reply and posted the matter for Wednesday.

The actor had filed the application in the TADA court on Tuesday, a few days after the Supreme Court refused to grant him more time to surrender. Producers of two under-production films featuring Dutt had also submitted a plea to extend the time to surrender for Dutt so that he could complete the shooting but the apex court rejected their plea.

Dutt's plea seeking review of the judgment on his conviction and five-year jail term was dismissed by the apex court on May 10. The 53-year-old actor was earlier granted four weeks more to surrender.

On March 21, the Supreme Court had upheld Dutt's conviction in the 1993 blasts case, which it said was engineered by underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim and others with the help of Pakistan's ISI.

The apex court, however, reduced Dutt's six-year jail term by a year while ruling out his release on probation, saying the "nature" of his offence was serious. Dutt was awarded the six-year jail term by a designated TADA court in 2006.

The actor, son of actor-turned-politician Sunil Dutt, was convicted by the TADA court for illegally possessing weapons, which were part of a consignment brought to India for coordinated serial blasts killing over 250 people and injuring several more.

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