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1993 blasts case: Sanjay Dutt to be freed from jail in March

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Pune: Jailed Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt will walk out a free man in the first week of March from the Yeravada Central Jail in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, official sources said here on Tuesday.

This comes days after Maharashtra Governor C V Rao rejected Dutt’s plea for pardon on September 15.

The governor had rejected the plea by retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Markandey Katju in March 2013, which came in the form of letters addressed to the president, the (then) prime minister, union home minister and other top officials.

“On September 15, Governor Rao declined the appeal and has forwarded his recommendation to the state government for further action,” an official, declining to be identified, told IANS.

While rejecting the pardon plea, the governor adhered to the state home ministry’s advice, on – among others – grounds that it could set a wrong precedent.

In his plea, Justice Katju had sought a pardon for Dutt on grounds that he was not a terrorist and also demanded pardon for elderly co-convict Zaibunissa Kazi.

Earlier, Dutt himself declared that he would not seek pardon from any quarter and abide by the Supreme Court verdict sending him to jail to serve the remainder of his five-year term at Yerawada Central Jail (YCJ), Pune.

According to current indications, Dutt is likely to complete his sentence and walk out of prison by the year-end or early 2016.

Dutt was convicted for his role in the March 12, 1993, Mumbai serial blasts and after his arrest in 1996 had spent 18 months in jail before getting bail.

In 2013, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment and was transferred to the Yerawada Central Jail for serving the remaining prison term of 42 months.

In the interim, the “Munnabhai M.B.B.S” actor was out four times on parole on various grounds and is currently released on furlough since August 27 for his daughter’s medical problems.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt believes that casinos play a big role in promoting tourism in Goa.

“It’s very important I think. It (casinos) plays a big role in tourism. People go to Macau, they go to Vegas, but it is beautiful to see something like this in India,” Dutt said on Saturday while launching ‘Big Daddy’, an offshore casino promoted by Haryana politician Gopal Kanda.

Besides ‘Big Daddy’, Goa has six other offshore casinos which operate from the Mandovi river, off Panaji.

Casino has been a politically sensitive issue ahead of the May 19 assembly bypoll for the Panaji seat, with several candidates promising to do away with the casinos, which largely operate from the state capital.

A beach in Goa. Pixabay

During the casino launch, the ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ actor also talked about his film career’s most memorable dance performance.

He said the dance was choreographed for the song “Tamma Tamma” in the 1990-film ‘Thanedar’.

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When asked about his most favourite character, from the scores he has assayed on screen, Dutt said, “No idea. Every character has been close to my heart”. (IANS)