Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court passed its verdict on the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts – the deadliest terror attack in the country till date, including sentencing Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to a five years’ rigorous imprisonment, several people from the film fraternity have broken out in support of the actor.
The latest in the group of stars who have shown solidarity for Dutt is veteran actress Jaya Bachchan, Member of Parliament, Samajwadi Party. The yesteryears’ star has been quoted as saying, “I will personally go to the governor and appeal for Sanjay Dutt`s release. He has suffered enough.”
Sanjay Dutt’s imprisonment sentence comes in the wake of his 1993 ‘mistake’ – the actor was found in possession of illegal arms. The ‘Munna Bhai’ actor is to file a review petition March 22, and has the option of submitting a curative petition in case his review petition is dismissed by the Supreme Court.
The last option that the actor would have, in case the curative petition too is rejected, is the intervention of the Governor of Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Governor, in turn along with the government of Maharashtra, can appeal for the actor’s sentence to be reviewed.
While almost all of the Hindi film industry have been heard and seen coming out strongly in support of Sanjay Dutt, the son of late superstars Sunil Dutt and Nargis, common people have taken to offering their prayers at religious places. The Ajmer Dargah saw many footfalls, on March 22, praying for Sanjay Dutt’s release. Online petitions, too, have been filed in favour of dismissal of the actor’s imprisonment sentence.