The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday dismissed Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt's review petition against the five-year sentence handed to him for illegal possession of arms in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case.
On 21 March, the apex court upheld Dutt's conviction by the special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) court for illegal possession of a 9mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle under the Arms Act. The court reduced the sentence to five years and gave the actor four weeks' time to surrender.
The apex court also rejected review petitions filed by other six convicts in the case. Other convicts who filed review petitions are Yusuf Mohsin Nulwalla, Khalil Ahmed Sayed Ali Nazir, Mohamed Dawood Yusuf Khan, Shaikh Asif Yusuf, Muzammil Umar Kadri and Mohd Ahmed Shaikh.
Following the ruling of the SC, the 53-year-old actor will go to jail on 15 May to serve the remaining three-and-half-year sentence. He had served 18 months in jail in the past.
Dutt was earlier sentenced to six years in jail after he was convicted by the TADA court in 2007 for illegal possession of arms while acquitting him of the terror charges under the now defunct Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act. The SC, however, reduced the sentence to five years in a fresh hearing and gave four weeks to surrender.
Mumbai city was rocked by 12 bomb blasts on 12 March, 1993. Around 257 people were killed and more than 700 were injured.