New Delhi: Three days before the deadline of his surrender comes to an end, Bolywood actor Sanjay Dutt on Monday approached the Supreme Court seeking more time to do so to undergo his remaining three-and-a-half-year jail term for illegally possessing firearms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.


In his petition, Dutt sought six more months time to surrender in order to complete his unfinished films before he goes to jail. Dutt, 53, who was directed to surrender by April 18, urged the apex court to allow him to finish shooting of his films which will take at least 196 days and submitted that he should be allowed to surrender after completion of films as huge money has been invested by the producers in these projects.

1993 blasts: Sanjay Dutt gets 5 years in jail

The Apex Court had on March 21 granted Dutt, who has already been in jail for 18 months, to surrender within four weeks to undergo the remaining prison term. The Apex Court had on March 21 upheld his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case which it said was organized by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and others with the involvement of Pakistan's ISI.

However, the Apex Court had reduced to five years the six year jail term awarded to him by a designated TADA court in 2006, ruling out his release on probation because the "nature" of his offence was "serious". Dutt, the son of famous Bollywood couple Sunil Dutt and Nargis, was convicted by the TADA court for illegal possession a 9 mm Pistol and a AK-56 rifle which was part of the consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for the coordinated serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700. Other three convicts -- Zaibunisha Anwar Kazi, Issaq Mohd Hajwane and Shariff Abdul Gafoor Parker alias Dadabhai – also approached the Apex Court for extension of time to surrender.

They pleaded that time limit fixed by the apex court be extended till their clemency plea is decided by the President. Former Supreme Court judge and Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju had made a representation to the President on behalf of Kazi on March 18 and on behalf of other two on April 10.

The Supreme Court had on March 21 upheld TADA court's verdict for five year jail term to Kazi who is 70 years old and suffering from cancer. Hajwane, 76, was sentenced to life imprisonment by the apex court which enhanced his five year jail term sentence awarded by the trail court. He spent five years in jail during the trial of the case.

Life sentence awarded by TADA court to Parker, 88, was upheld by the apex court. He already served over 14 years in jail. The writ petitions filed by them have pleaded that they should not be asked to surrender till the representation made by Katju on their behalf is decided the President.
Their petitions would be taken up for hearing on Tuesday.


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