Zee Media Bureau
Mumbai: Sanjay Dutt – who was recently granted a four week extension by the Supreme Court to surrender – has now moved the highest court in the country by filing a review petition against its March 21 judgment sentencing him to five years in jail.
According to a leading daily, a Delhi-based legal team prepared and filed the petition on Friday to review a binding decision of the Supreme Court based on an obvious error in a decision sought to be analysed.
A review petition has to be filed within 30 days of the date of judgement, and according to what one of his lawyers said, the matter would be heard next week.
However, while giving the actor a four-week extension to surrender, the Supreme Court had made it clear that it would grant him no further time.
In the past, the Supreme Court had not interfered with the TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention)) court`s guilty verdict against the 53-year-old for possession of arms before Mumbai serial blasts in 1993. Even though he was held guilty under the Arms Act for possessing an automatic rifle in a notified area, he was later acquitted under the TADA Act, which had also been invoked against him.
Dutt – who has seven films on the floor in various stages of completion – has filed the petition to review the three-judge bench ruling in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, which held that a confession under TADA would be valid even elsewhere and which the SC had relied on in the 1993 blasts case against him, must be reconsidered.