Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt on Thursday surrendered before a TADA court to serve his remaining three-and-a-half year sentence in connection with 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blast case.

According to sources, the actor will be taken to Pune’s Yerwada Jail after the completion of all formalities. On Wednesday, the actor’s lawyer withdrew his application seeking permission to surrender before Yerwada Jail. As soon as the matter came up for hearing before a TADA court, the actor’s lawyer informed the court that his client wanted to withdraw his application.

Accompanied by his wife Manyata and film maker Mahesh Bhatt, the actor arrived at the court sporting a red 'tilak' on his forehead. As soon as Dutt appeared before the court, formalities began for his surrender. The court commenced the process for the identification of Dutt, whose conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court in March.

Clad in kurta and jeans, Dutt waved to the crowd before getting into his car outside Imperial Heights building at Pali Hill in suburban Bandra.

As soon as Dutt's vehicle arrived near the court, it was surrounded by people, including media persons. Bhatt first emerged out of the car and requested the media to move away so that Dutt can reach the court. Police had maintained adequate arrangements in the court premises as well as at the actor's residence in Bandra to avoid any untoward situation.

Dutt was convicted by the TADA court for illegally possessing a 9 mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle, which were part of a consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for coordinated serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700 in 1993.

The Supreme Court in its March 21 verdict awarded five years' imprisonment to the actor. On May 10, the Supreme Court had dismissed Dutt's plea seeking review of its judgement. The Apex Court had on May 14 refused to grant him more time to surrender.


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