SC to hear Dutt's plea today

New Delhi, April 17: The Supreme Court will hear actor Sanjay Dutt's plea on Wed, seeking six months more time to surrender to undergo three-and-a-half- year jail term for illegally possessing firearms in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

A bench of justices P Sathasivam and M Y Eqbal, before whom the matter was mentioned on Tuesday, said Dutt's plea should be heard by the same bench which had passed the judgement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

The court posted the case to Wednesday when the matter will be heard by a bench of justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan.

Dutt, 53, who was directed to surrender by 18th April, 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 over Rs 278 crores has been invested by the producers in seven movies.

The apex court had on 21st March granted Dutt, who has already been in jail for 18 months, to surrender within four weeks to undergo the remaining prison term.

The apex court had on 21st March upheld his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case which it said was organised by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and others with the involvement of Pakistan's ISI.

However, the apex court had reduced to five years the six year jail term awarded to him by a designated TADA court in 2006, ruling out his release on probation because the "nature" of his offence was "serious".

Dutt, the son of famous Bollywood couple Sunil Dutt and Nargis, was convicted by the TADA court for illegal possession a 9 mm Pistol and a AK-56 rifle which was part of the consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for the coordinated serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700.

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