Sanjay Dutt withdraws plea

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Mumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt today withdrew his plea seeking to surrender before the Yerwada jail in Pune  in place of the designated TADA court in south Mumbai.

Dutt had filed the application in the TADA court, yesterday.The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear the plea of a film producer, who sought more time for the actor to surrender in order to complete two films which are under production

A bench of justice BS Chauhan and justice Dipak Misra rejected to hear the plea of a film producer in this connection.

On May 10, the apex court had dismissed Dutt's plea seeking review of its judgement on his conviction and five-year jail term.

53-year-old Dutt was earlier granted four weeks more time to surrender to undergo the remaining jail term.

“The applicant (Dutt) is facing threat to life from fundamentalist groups and those with vested interests,” the application said

The apex court, on March 21, had upheld his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, which it said was engineered by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and others with the involvement of Pakistan's ISI.
However, the apex court had reduced to five years the six-year jail term awarded to Dutt by a designated TADA court in 2006 while ruling out his release on probation, saying the "nature" of his offence was "serious".

Dutt was convicted by the TADA court for illegally possessing a 9 mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle, which were part of a consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for coordinated serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured over 700 in 1993.



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