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Supreme Court to hear Sanjay Dutt's bail plea on Friday

August 08, 2007 11:39 IST

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The Supreme Court will hear on Friday the petition filed by Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt [Images], sentenced to six years' imprisonment in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, seeking interim bail.

Senior advocate Fali S Nariman mentioned the matter before a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, which agreed to his plea for hearing Dutt's bail application on August 10.

Nariman said the actor has been taken into custody even without serving him the copy of the judgment, which found him guilty under the Arms Act.

Dutt yesterday filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging his conviction by the TADA court in the case, saying he was held guilty on a very weak piece of evidence.

The actor, who has sought suspension of his six-year sentence, had also moved an application seeking bail maintaining that he never violated the bail condition during the course of trial.

He has contended that the Special TADA court has erred in holding him guilty under the Arms Act as no arms and ammunitions were recovered from his possession or from his residence at his instance.

Dutt was given a six-year jail term in the 1993 serial blasts case by the TADA court on July 31.

The actor, who spent 16 months in prison after his arrest in April 1993, was also fined Rs 25,000 by the special court.

Dutt, 48, was convicted in November last year for the illegal possession of a 9mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle but acquitted of more serious charges under the now defunct anti-terror TADA law.

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