Indian Star Sanjay Dutt Back in Prison

October 23, 2007 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

The Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt returned to prison Monday, two months after he was released on bail, to resume serving a six-year sentence for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to a 1993 bombing that killed 257 people.

Dutt turned himself in immediately after receiving sentencing papers from a judge.

“The Supreme Court said I should surrender after I get a copy of the court order, so I am surrendering,” Dutt told a court in Mumbai set up to deal with cases connected to the 1993 bombing in western India.

Dutt was sentenced to six years in prison on July 31 for possessing three automatic rifles and a pistol that had been supplied to him by men subsequently convicted in the bombing.

He was released on Aug. 22 because the court had still not issued sentencing papers. The delay occurred because the judgment, which ran to 4,340 pages, needed to be issued to all 100 people convicted in the case.

Dutt is appealing his sentence in the Supreme court.

The actor’s case was part of a sprawling Mumbai bombings trial that has dragged on for 12 years. He maintains he knew nothing about the bomb plot and that he asked for the guns to protect his family his mother was Muslim, and his father, Hindu after receiving threats during sectarian riots in Mumbai.

He was acquitted of more serious terrorism and conspiracy charges.

The series of bombings were believed to have been acts of revenge for the demolition of a 16th-century mosque by Hindu nationalists in northern India in 1992. After the demolition, religious riots erupted, leaving more than 800 dead, most of them Muslims.

Dutt, the son of a famous Bollywood family, has starred in over 100 films, more than half of them made after he was originally arrested on suspicion of involvement in the bombings.

In recent years his popularity has soared, peaking in 2006 when he starred in “Lage Raho Munnabhai,” or “Keep At It, Munnabhai,” the top grossing Bollywood film of the decade. In it, Dutt plays a lovable thug trying to follow the teachings of Mohandas K. Gandhi.



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