Dutt accused of involvement in Mumbai blasts
- Mumbai suffered a series of serial bombings on 12 March 1993.
- 123 people were accused of involvement including big underworld names like Dawood Ibrahim and Abu Salem.
- Accused number 117 was Sanjay Dutt, accused of accepting weapon deliveries from the likes of Abu Salem and Riyaz Siddiqui.
- Dutt was arrested on 19 April under the provisions of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA).
Dutt granted bail and then re-arrested
- Dutt was granted bail by the Supreme Court of India for the first time in his sentence in October 1995.
- He was arrested again in December.
- Dutt would spend most of the next two years of his life imprisoned, until April 1997, when he would be granted bail by the Supreme Court again.
- This prolonged period of imprisonment saw his Bollywood career suffer.
Dutt cleared of terrorism charges; yet jailed
- March 2006 saw Abu Salem confessing that he had delivered AK-56 rifles to Dutt.
- Dutt had, in December 2001, denied his involvement with terrorism, and had rebuked the CBI charge that he had once possessed an AK-56 and later had it destroyed.
- Dutt was cleared of the terrorism charges but was convicted under the Arms Act by the Special TADA Court in November 2006.
In a later statement, Dutt revealed that he had brought not one, but three AK-56 rifles, out of which he had kept one for the supposed protection of his family following the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992.
Dutt granted bail again
- Dutt spent seven months imprisoned during 2006-2007.
- On 31 July 2007, TADA court under Judge P.D. Kode, sentenced Dutt to six years of rigorous imprisonment, on grounds of illegal possession of weapons.
- Dutt's defence that he feared for his life following Hindu-Muslim clashes a few months earlier, was rejected and bail denied.
- Dutt was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court on 20 August.
Dutt granted bail by Supreme Court
- Following his interim bail in August, Dutt was re-arrested on 22 October, after he received a copy of the TADA Court judgement.
- Dutt's appeal to the Supreme Court in August saw him being granted bail on 27 November. He was released from prison on the 29 November.
- Sixteen other convicts of the 1993 Mumbai blasts trial were also granted bail on the same day.
Dutt's petition rejected by the Supreme Court
- On 21 March, the Supreme Court upheld the TADA verdict on Dutt, but reduced his sentence from six years to five years.
- On 10 May, the Supreme Court rejected Dutt's petition that his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blast trials be reconsidered.
- Sanjay Dutt was imprisoned on 16 May and was moved to Yerawada Jail on 22 May, where he would complete his sentence.
Dutt's life after imprisonment
- Dutt was granted parole on 21 December 2013, on the grounds of his wife, Maanyata Dutt's failing health.
- The one month parole was extended twice till 21 March 2014.
- He was again out on a two-week-long furlough starting from 24 December 2014 and spent Christmas with his family. He was spotted at a special screening of PK held in his honour on 25 December.
Sanjay Dutt granted parole for 30 days again
26 Aug 2015
- Sanjay Dutt, imprisoned since 2013, had applied for parole on June stating his daughter's illness as the reason.
- According to Bollywoodlife.com reports, the request had been accepted two days earlier, and that Sanjay will be out on parole for the next 30 days.
- The 30 day time-period of the parole can be extended for another 60 days, as far as reports go.
Sanjay Dutt to be released in March
8 Dec 2015
- Sanjay Dutt will be released from jail on March 7 after completing a five year sentence that was awarded to him in March 2013.
- He spent 18 months of his sentence as an under-trial and had 42 months left, which ends by March 7, official sources stated.
- Dutt has been lodged in Pune's Yerawada jail and has the reputation of being a well-behaved inmate.
Sanjay Dutt set to become free on 27 February
6 Jan 2016
- Actor Sanjay Dutt who is in Pune's Yerawada jail in an arms case related to the 1993 Mumbai blast, is set to be released on February 27, a few days prior to his official release date.
- This reprieve has been granted to him on the grounds of his good behavior.
- While serving time, his frequent parols on various grounds had been widely criticised.
Sanjay Dutt walks free
25 Feb 2016
- Actor Sanjay Dutt walked free from Pune's Yerawada Jail after completing his prison term following his conviction for arms possession in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
- The 56-year-old saluted the tri-colour fluttering on top of the jail building as he carried a bag containing his belongings and his inmate file with him.
- Dutt's wife Maanyata and noted film maker Rajkumar Hirani accompanied him.
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