Timeline: Sanjay Dutt's 1993 Mumbai blasts trial trail
We trace back the series of events that eventually culminated in the Bollywood star's 3-and-half year imprisonment
January 1993: Film producer Hanif Kadawalla and his business partner Samir Hingora, associates of Anees Ibrahim who is the brother of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, deliver an AK-56 rifle and pistol to actor Sanjay Dutt at his residence in Bandra. The actor, later in his statement, had said that he acquired the weapons for self-defence.
March 12, 1993: A series of 13 bomb blasts rock the city, in the aftermath of the post-Babri Masjid demolition riots, killing 257 people and injuring 713. Dutt was at the time shooting for the movie ‘Aatish’ in Mauritius.
April 19, 1993: Dutt is arrested under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) on charges of possessing illegal arms and having contacts with the main conspirators of the serial blasts.
April 28, 1993: In a recorded confession made to the police, Dutt said his concern for his family in the face of threats during the communal riots had prompted him to obtain the weapons.
May 5, 1993: Dutt is granted bail after the actor’s lawyers move the High Court stating that Dutt was wrongly detained under TADA.
November 1993: The primary chargesheet is filed against the 189 accused in the serial blasts case, including Dutt.
July 4, 1994: Dutt’s bail is cancelled and he is taken to Arthur Road prison after the police find substantial evidence linking the actor to the blasts.
October 17, 1995: After spending 16 months in prison on remand, Dutt is granted bail after the Supreme Court states that the actor’s confession is not enough evidence to keep him in detention.
November 28, 2006: The TADA court acquits Dutt of charges of conspiracy in the 1993 serial blasts framed under the TADA Act, but convicts him of the lesser crime of possessing arms that carries a maximum prison term of three years.
July 31, 2007: Dutt is sentenced to six years rigorous imprisonment after the actor’s plea to get probation on the basis of his good conduct
gets rejected. He is sent to Yerawada Central Jail, Pune.
August 2007: Dutt moves the Supreme Court challenging his conviction, seeks bail.
November 27, 2007: The Supreme Court grants Dutt bail.
August 2012: The SC commences its final hearing on Dutt’s appeal against his conviction in the blasts case.
March 21, 2013: Dutt’s conviction is upheld, and the six-year jail term is reduced to five. But having spent 18 months in jail earlier, he would have to now serve three-and-a-half years in jail.