An unfair sentence

It is extremely disturbing and a matter of profound concern that the Indian supreme court has upheld the conviction of Bollywood’s most sought-after actor Sanjay Dutt under Arms Act in 1993 blasts case and has sentenced him to five years imprisonment.

By (K V Raman, Mumbai)

Published: Fri 22 Mar 2013, 10:41 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:48 AM

He has already served 18-month jail term and now he will serve the remaining term.

According to the apex court, it has agreed with TADA court’s decision to acquit him of terror charges but offences under Arms Act were clearly made out for possessing and later destroying weapons of prohibited caliber.

The sentence is not fair, logically speaking. It is vital to comprehend that he did not have any intent to hurt anybody by possessing the illegal weapon. Moreover, he has already completed 18 months in jail. It is too much to ask him to serve another 42 months. It is indeed very sad news for the film fraternity as well as to his countless fans. He is truly innocent but the law is not able to value that.

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