New Delhi: The Supreme Court today allowed
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was convicted for illegal
possession of arms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial
blasts, to go abroad for shooting for six months but refused
to grant him the relief for a year.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan
permitted Dutt, who is on bail, to visit foreign countries
from December 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010 for his professional
The apex court said Dutt has to surrender his passport to
CBI on his return.
The Bench granted him permission for six months as
Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said one-year relief at a
stretch for the actor would be a long period.
Dutt, who was convicted and sentenced to six years
imprisonment under the Arms Act for illegally possessing
weapons in connection with 1993 Mumbai blasts case, was
granted bail after he filed an appeal against the verdict of
the TADA court.
He was, however, absolved of the serious offence under
Dutt, 50, has been regularly allowed to go abroad for the
shoot of his films after filing an affidavit stating that he
would return to the country after completing his work.
While granting bail to the actor on November 27 2007, the
court had directed him to surrender his passport and asked him
not to leave the country without its permission.
The Bollywood star, who was sentenced in July 2007, had
spent 18 months in jail during the pendency of the trial.