SC permits Sanjay Dutt to travel abroad for shooting

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 19:30

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave
permission to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in
the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, to travel abroad for film
shooting.

A bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices
Deepak Verma and B S Chauhan granted Dutt`s plea for
extending his stay abroad till December 31, 2010, and asked
the CBI to release his passport for the purpose.

He was, however, asked to deposit his passport back with
the investigating agency on his return.

The court hall burst into a laughter when in response
to a query from the bench senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi
submitted that one of the films starring Dutt was titled
"Double Dhamal" which will be shot in Europe and South Africa.

Besides, Europe and South Africa, Dutt intends to visit
the US and Thailand for the shooting.

The apex court had earlier in November last year granted
the actor a similar relief for his shooting schedule abroad.

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
earlier granted bail after he filed an appeal against the
verdict of the TADA court.

He was, however, absolved of the serious offence under
TADA.

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.

Under the rules, the actor has to take the permission
of the apex court before leaving the country. The court has
admitted his appeal against the conviction.

The apex court had earlier turned down his plea for
staying the conviction to enable him contest the last Lok
Sabha Elections from Lucknow on a Samajwadi Party ticket.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 19:30

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