Sanjay Dutt gets a six-year jail sentence

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.

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10 thoughts on “Sanjay Dutt gets a six-year jail sentence

  1. You all think it fair, but it is not. People like Monica Bedi who actually had a relationship with Abu Salem is left free, without any punishment?? Why?? Becasue she is a lady?? VERY UNFAIR??
    Secondly, punishment is given so that the person should realise his mistake and not repeat it or there is no menaing of law. Law should be to prevent the bad thinking in a man and not punish him just for the heck of the law. law should kill criminal mind and not harass people mentally and physically. This man is already feeling sorry for it and he accepted his mistake. Accepting your mistake is avery big thing, and it is not easy for everyone to do it. And he has already been in jail for 16 months and his trail was on for 12 long years and these 12 years I am sure he has gone lot of mental truma as to what would happen in his next hearing or so. So he has already been in prison for 13 years or so, relaistically speaking. Secondly, nobody tries to catch the underworld don’s, who are actually brain stomring people to turn criminals or forcing them to do / or possess arms. Why isint anybody able to capture these people who are fillign terror in everybody minds?? And the judge says he attended the party where Don’s were there, what about the person who arranged the party?? Feroz Khan?? Why nothing happended to him?? This is unfair. We all shhould try and do something to help Mr. Dutt. If this sentence goes on, he will loose hope on humanity and law. That to when this man has changed and has lived a low profile life in the last 12 years. And look at the circumstances in which he committed this crime. Who knows ?? We can onyl talke but Mr. Dutt himself went through every bit of this. Hats of to you Sanjay!! I wish that this does nto continue. All the best and my best wishes for the same.

  2. Uh, it’s not clear who you are referring to when you say “you all think it fair“.

    And I am not sure if gender had anything to do with this case or even Ms. Bedi’s case. Just because you’re related to a person who does something criminal, it doesn’t mean that you are a criminal or that you are guilty.

    Reading the rest of your comment is tough because you’ve not discovered the wonders of spaces between sentences.

  3. Yes, I too felt the same when I heard the news. Looks like they have punished him more than necessary. May be supreme Court will give him some respite.

  4. If you hang around with the underworld and the bad guys and possess guns which can be dangerous in the hands of terrorists a few years back…and coz our judicial system is bad you get punished like 10 yrs after…and in the meantime you make two good movies which make all the TV watching crowd in metros sms to TV channels saying dont punish him…cmon man…lets be mature enough to accept punishment…I am glad he has been punished…why is it that we donthave the same sentiment when so many people whom you or I dont know get punished…if you are famous and are a role model then you better behave…
    http://www.indianexpress.com/story/208030.html – precisely how I feel

  5. I’m not asking him to be spared because he’s a celebrity or because he’s popular; I’m not even a fan of Sanjay Dutt. I pointed out in the post that I wanted to know why he got such a harsh punishment because it isn’t clear how he contributed to the blasts. About hanging out with the underworld, I think there was a time when a lot of people in the film industry were hanging out with the underworld. Nobody talks about that now.

    In the column you mentioned, Deb writes in the end: Empathise with Sanjay Dutt. Don’t forget his advantages. Then think of those ‘wronged’ whom you never saw

    Yes, there are a lot of people who we don’t hear about who are getting jailed but unless the media highlights the stories for us, we’re not in a position to comment about those stories. Also, it is far easier to empathise with someone who hear about or see, than someone you don’t.

  6. I think the punishment is too harsh for Sanjay Dutt. Jail is for people that are dangerous and cannot be left in the open world. Sanjay Dutt was on bail for 12 years and he hasn’t committed any crime. So why jail for him now? He is a changed man and a good human being. I don’t think it was fair to put him in jail now and treat him like a prisoner for something he did 14 years ago. The judges should look at him now, for who he is now.
    Well, that’s my opinion, I am only 14 so I dont know what other people say baout this but that is my opinion.

  7. He is a great actor and where does he have time for terrorist activities? There is some mistake somewhere and I am sure he is an innocent victim.
    He gives so much entertainment to so many people. What criminal activity has he done in these last 12yrs? The law of the country cannot be so blind and put good people (like Sanjay Dutt) in jail while absolute gangster politicians are left free to loot the country.
    I am absolutely against this jail sentence- he comes of good parentage- his mother was ‘Mother India’! On the eve of independece day he should be released as a tribute to India so that he can continue the good work of entertaining the masses.
    with due respect,
    Jaishree Narayanan
    age-59yrs
    retired Lecturer of economics, Delhi University.

  8. Sajjan and Jaishree: There is little doubt that he had illegal guns and that he purchased the guns from the very people who were responsible for the Bombay blasts. So, a crime was committed.

    We can argue about the harshness of the sentence but the sad fact is that Sanjay Dutt did break the law and it is the reason he is being punished.

    The only reason he’d be released if the Supreme court intervenes.

  9. He is a great actor and where does he have time for terrorist activities? There is some mistake somewhere and I am sure he is an innocent victim.
    He gives so much entertainment to so many people. What criminal activity has he done in these last 12yrs? The law of the country cannot be so blind and put good people (like Sanjay Dutt) in jail while absolute gangster politicians are left free to loot the country.
    I am absolutely against this jail sentence- he comes of good parentage- his mother was ‘Mother India’! On the eve of independece day he should be released as a tribute to India so that he can continue the good work of entertaining the masses.
    with due respect,

  10. P. A. Monteiro: I agree with you that he had committed a crime. But that was 14 years ago. He’s been out for 12 years and he hasn’t done any crimes. He had changed. But I do agree that he had once done a crime

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