Shocking verdict

This is in response to the letter ‘Unfair sentence’ (March 22). Not only the Bollywood fraternity, but the entire India nation is in a state of shock and dismay over the conviction of Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt by the Indian supreme court on Thursday.

By (Jayashree Kulkarni, ?Abu Dhabi)

Published: Sat 23 Mar 2013, 10:10 PM

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

The court has upheld his conviction under Arms Act. Found guilty of possessing illegal arms is against the law, Dutt has already served 18 months jail sentence for violating law and order. But another three-and-a-half years of serving the sentence seems a bit unfair.

For the past twenty-odd years, jail and court have become an integral part of Dutt’s life. Agreed he leads a high-profile life and has been involved with drugs and the underworld. But he is not a traitor. In the celluloid world, he’s known as a philanthropist and a man with a heart of gold. Agreed, no one can escape the judicial system, but the question remains: is the verdict fair and just or has he been made a political scapegoat time and again? The court may be able to silence the public furore if it brings the real planners of the blast to justice.

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