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Sanjay Dutt appears before TADA court
May 25, 2007 19:30 IST
Actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted for illegal possession of arms in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, put in his regular appearance in a special trial court in Mumbai on Friday and wished luck to fellow convicts.
The Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court, which is pronouncing the sentences of 100 convicts, allowed Dutt to leave soon as he wanted to attend the rites performed on his father Sunil Dutt's second death anniversary.
Sanjay, wearing his usual blue shirt and blue denims, wished luck to some of the fellow convicts while leaving the court room.
He, as well as others out on bail, has been asked to be present in the court on May 29 again.
However, the suspense over Dutt's fate in the case remains as the pronouncement of the sentence by the court enters the second week.
The court has asked its probation officers to file reports regarding the conduct of some of the convicts, without disclosing their names to the media.
Dutt, along with some 70 others, has applied for release under Probation of Offenders Act. But Dutt's lawyers do not know whether TADA Judge P D Kode has sought report on the actor.
Kode has already made it clear that the probation officer's report is not binding on the court.
If the judge does not extend the benefit of POA to Dutt, the actor faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 10 years of rigorous imprisonment under the Arms Act, under which he was convicted for possessing AK-56.