Sanjay Dutt’s petition rejected by Maharashtra Governor

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A petition seeking pardon for Actor Sanjay Dutt who has been jailed in an arms case related to the 1993 Mumbai blasts, has been rejected by the Maharashtra governor regarding the petition seeking pardon for the actor. The petition was made in 2013 by a group that included former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju. According to sources, governor Vidyasagar Rao straight away rejected the plea upon the   recommendation of the state home department, which said it would set a bad precedent as the actor’s conviction was confirmed by the Supreme Court.

The 56-year-old actor was found guilty in 2013 of acquiring illegal weapons from those involved in the deadly 1993 attacks in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed, and hundreds injured. He was sentenced to six years in jail in 2007. Later he served 18 months but then was out on bail, fighting the conviction until a court in March 2013 ordered him back to jail in Pune.

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