New Delhi: Two days before the deadline of his surrender comes to an end, Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt's plea seeking more time to do so. The Apex Court deferred the hearing till Wednesday.

On Monday, Dutt had approached the Apex Court seeking more extension of time to surrender 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.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court dismissed plea of Zaibunnisa Kazi and other two convicts for extension of time to surrender to undergo jail term in 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

Rejecting the petition, the Apex Court said that the extension of time to surrender can't be given on the ground that clemency plea is pending before the President. The SC's decision has raised concerns for the Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who had also moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking more time to surrender.
Both Sanjay Dutt and Zaibunissa were convicted under the Arms Act in the 1993 Bombay blasts case.

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.

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.

Zaibunissa Kazi had moved to SC seeking more time as she argued that their punishment should be kept in abeyance until the Maharashtra governor or the President of India decides on pardon.

The Supreme Court had said that all convicts should surrender within 4 weeks of its upholding the Bombay High Court judgement. Zaibunissa was charged for possessing illegal arms and ammunition and also under the stringent TADA Act.


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