A host of parliamentarians extended support to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt who was sent back to jail by the Supreme Court Thursday in an arms case related to the 1993 Bombay blasts.
Cutting across party lines, the members said that the actor had already suffered a lot and should be pardoned.
Actor-turned-Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan said she will appeal to Maharashtra Governor K. Sankarnarayanan to pardon Dutt, whose conviction was upheld by the apex court Thursday but sentence reduced from six years to five.
"I agree with everyone that he has suffered a lot. I believe that he should not be given such a big punishment. He is a changed man now. I'm going to personally appeal governor and ask him to pardon him," she said.
Her party colleague Ram Gopal Yadav said: "This is an ordinary case of Section 25 of the Arms Act, which provides for six months to one year imprisonment. The jail term is too long. Since it's a high-profile case, he got more punishment, which should be reduced."
Observing that the Supreme Court's verdict is final, Tourism Minister and film star Chiranjeevi said: "...he should get mercy, If he gets mercy, I will be the most happiest person. Sanjay is like my friend, I wish him all the best."
Law Minister Ashwini Kumar, meanwhile, said: "Indian judiciary will render justice according to law. It all depends upon the governor...governor has powers to pardon. He can do what he feels is right."
Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Prakash Javdekar said: "Review petition has been allowed to be filed by the Supreme Court. Now it is up to Sanjay Dutt whether he wants to file or not. Let's see what they have to decide."
The issue was first raised by the Press Council of India chief, Justice (retd.) Markandey Katju, who said Dutt had suffered for 20 years and should be pardoned on humanitarian grounds.
Elaborating on the reasons for his stance, Katju said Sanjay was not a terrorist and was not found to be involved in a terror act but only guilty of keeping arms without licence.
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It is ridiculous that people want him pardoned. He has broken the law and is being served the punishment. So whats wrong? Who would come out for a common man with the same situation?
The reasoning that it's 20 years is gross! It is only giving an invitation to criminals - commit a crime, the courts in our country will take decades to reach a decision, by then it would be too old a matter to warrant a punishment!
And what's all this rubbish about his kids and wife suffering???? That woman Manyata married Sanjay Dutt well knowing his situation and well prepared for the consequences, even starting a family at that! So whats the hue and cry now? Sick!
And people who say that "Oh, he was just FOOLISH to be in possession of an illegal arm", it is grossly trivializing Sanjay Dutt's offense! Why do they overlook the fact that how he received the arms is what is the key. He allowed his premises to be used for terrorist's wrong intentions - which was to distribute the arms in anticipation of communal riots triggering after the blasts. So this Gold Hearted Human Being befriended these wrong people and was well aware of the devastation they were planning - even if not "well aware", even a kid would smell something wrong in such a deed.
I really don't know when people will get over this blind infatuation to film stars.
ppl will always support others of their own kind. the parliament is full of ppl with criminal backgrounds and the govt is involved in countless scams what more can be expected from such ppl.
The people who are defending him needs to to put in jail for being plain stupid morons. What bloody suffering has he had for the past 20 yrs? he's lived his life king size, even though its way too late he has to pay for the crime he's done. Bollywood is filled with dumb & dumber celebrities, sheesh.
So because he is Sanjay Dutt he can have politicians and celebs go out of their way to get him off the hook? I am not saying whether he is guilty or innocent but the from what i read in this article it seems that these ppl are biased and Sanjay is getting special treatment.
Bloody idiotic Bollywood big wigs come out in forces to support a criminal. Again Bollywood crap heads that churn out movies about equality yet want to pardon a man who did something ILLEGAL. Arghhh Bollywood people are lame and inconsiderate.
This is just rich! Now the politicians of India decide who should go to jail and who should not?? NOT the court? Please!! If this was a regular person will Jaya Bachchan come out to speak for them?? Short answer, NO!
Also, what is all this about his so called "suffering"? How can someone who spent the last 20 years free and doing what he wants suffer? Was he in jail for 10 of those 20 years? It's a joke! This pretty much makes a mockery of the Indian justice system that MP's are asking for a pardon for someone who committed a crime, based solely on the fact that he is a celebrity! What a joke!<br/>Just coz you "change" doesn't mean you get pardoned for crimes you committed before you "changed"?? Then a lot of American criminals on death row would get a pardon, based solely on the fact that they have now "changed"! But does that change the fact that they had killed someone? No!
Edited on:22 March 2013 at 9:45pm
r u freaking kidding me? wow, he needs to go to jail, its not fair. he had 20 years of freedom, look at his life, his got money wife and kids, what did the people who got hurt or died in the blast got??? stupid actors defending a gangster?? so what if he is acting like a saint today, what he did years ago can not be erased. gosh
Stop overacting...Supreme Court knows what punishment should be given to which crime..BTW what did he suffer in 20 years?.. he lived peacefully outside..he should be sent to jail...
Wat a crab???y sanjay should get pardon bkz of he is a star.bkz of money hanged in bolwood...is it??? Ohhh i got it its bkz of him just a lot of people being kiled.. Shame on parlamanterian...Corupted ministees ...how much money u got from sanjay hannn?if sanjay get pardon sure guys it will lead me to belive that der is no justice for common man...justice is a toy in hand of rich people.. in these instance a comon man would hav got punishmest of ten years..but in case of sanjay got only five year..and now he ix about to get full relief..wah wah india...
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