Sanjay Dutt leaves residence to surrender before TADA court in Mumbai
Actor Sanjay Dutt left his residence here on Thursday afternoon to surrender before a TADA court.
The car cade carrying Dutt and some members of his family moved from the residence towards the court under strict security cover.
After he surrenders, Dutt is likely to be shifted to the Yerawada Jail in Pune, where he will serve the remaining part of his five -year-long jail term.
Dutt has been convicted in connection with the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case for possessing illegal weapons.
The actor is expected to be first sent to the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai and then is expected to be shifted to Yerawada Jail in Pune. Authorities at the Arthur Road Jail received an anonymous letter yesterday stating that there is a threat to the actor’s life in that prison.
On Tuesday, Dutt had pleaded in court that he be allowed to surrender directly at the Yerawada jail as he feared a threat to his life from fundamentalist groups. On Wednesday he withdrew his plea, without giving reasons.
On May 10, the Supreme Court had rejected Dutt’s plea seeking review its March 21 judgement upholding his conviction under the Arms Act and sentencing him to five years in jail in the arms case, saying there is no merit in it.
The apex court, which had upheld the death sentence of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, a key conspirator with Dawood Ibrahim in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, ordered that Dutt return to jail to serve three-and-a-half years sentence for possessing illegal arms.
A total of 257 persons were killed and 713 others injured when a series 13 coordinated explosions shattered the metropolis on March 12, 1993.
The blasts occurred at 12 places, including Bombay Stock Exchange building, Air-India Building at Nariman Point, at Worli opposite Century Bazaar, Hotels Sea Rock and Juhu Centaur.