Via the Beeb:
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has been sentenced to six years in jail for buying weapons from bombers who attacked Mumbai (Bombay) in 1993.
The star’s lawyers argued he should remain free on bail for good behaviour, but the judge ruled against leniency.
The actor was cleared of conspiracy, but found guilty of illegally possessing a rifle and a pistol.
More info from the Hindustan Times:
Dutt was, however, absolved of terror charges.
Kode said being in possession of the weapons was an “imminent dangerous act”.
Dutt, who has already served jail for 16 months, had been convicted under the Arms Act for possessing a 9 mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle but absolved of terror charges.
“If you want to protect your family, you can take a lawful step. But an unlawful step for the purpose cannot be considered noble,” the judge said, responding to Dutt’s plea that the weapons were for self-defence and to protect his family.
“He not only committed a crime himself but also made others commit a crime by asking them to destroy the weapon,” the judge added…
The lawyers for Dutt have said that they’ll appeal to the Supreme Court but it’s still a blow to the actor.
You have to wonder though–If he was absolved of terror charges, does possessing illegal weapons warrant such a harsh sentence? Is the underworld connection something that caused the judge to punish him? What on earth does “imminent dangerous act” mean? Was he planning to do something with the weapons? Or are we prosecuting “thought crimes” now? I don’t know.
Maybe we’ll get more information in the coming days along with the expected media circus.