Sanjay Dutt breaks down, says he will surrender

Mar 28, 2013, 13:38 IST | Agencies

Actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been convicted under the Arms Act for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings, said Thursday that he would surrender when the time comes and would not be seeking pardon

Speaking out for the first time since the Supreme Court ruling last week, Sanjay appealed to the media for privacy and said: "...When I am not going for pardon, there is no debate."

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Sanjay Dutt at the press conference
Sanjay Dutt at the press conference

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An emotional Sanjay, who broke down while addressing the media, said he had the highest respect for the court. "This a very, very tough time," he said. "Just let me be in peace till I go in."

He said he would be completing his work commitments. He was accompanied at the press conference by his sister and Congress MP Priya Dutt.

As Dutt has already served 18 months in jail, he would have to undergo the imprisonment for three-and-a-half-years. The apex court had on the day of the verdict given him four weeks time to surrender.

"There are very, very tough times in my life and in our lives. I want to thank everybody who supported us and me. I just want to tell everyone from the media that I have got very few days left and I want to finish all my work. I also have to spend time with my family," Dutt said.

Today is the first time that Dutt has ventured out of his house in suburban Bandra since the Supreme Court verdict. He made the remarks before leaving for a shoot. "I love my country and its citizens. I love India," he said.

Dutt has to finish shooting for T P Agarwal's film 'Policegiri' and is said to have finished dubbing for remake of 'Zanjeer' in which he is playing Sher Khan, the character epitomised by legendary actor Pran. Dutt is said to have finished shooting few portions for Karan Johar's home production 'Ungli' that also stars Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda and Neha Dhupia and of Rajkumar Hirani's 'PK'.

His sister Priya, who is a Congress MP from Mumbai North Central, was by his side during the press interaction. She consoled him and he embraced her after making his remarks.

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