By: Raymond Ronamai
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
A series of thirteen bomb blasts took place in Bombay (now Mumbai) on March 12, 1993, killing over 250 civilians and more than 700 were injured. It is suspected to have been operated by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in retaliation to the historic destruction of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.
A month after the blasts, two persons named Sameer Hingora and Hanif Kadawala were arrested. They made a shocking revelation to the police about actor Sanjay Dutt's possession of AK-56 rifles. Then CBI filed charge sheet against the actor on April 15, 1993, alleging that he had connection with gangster Abu Salem and Dawood Ibrahim. Dutt admitted to the charges on April 22 but later retracted the same.
He was released on bail on May 3, 1993 but was re-arrested a year later, following which he stayed in jail for nearly 16 months. He told the court in 2001 that he had not met Salem and others. Then the Mumbai police tapped alleged Dutt's conversation with gangster Chhota Shakeel in 2002 but the actor denied speaking to the underworld don. The TADA court summoned the actor again on November 28, 2006 and found guilty under Arms Act but was acquitted from other TADA related cases.
Today, that is July 31, a special court has given out final verdict to the long-awaited case. According to the verdict, the actor has to stay 6 years behind the bars. Besides that he has to pay a fine of Rs.25000.
This news will surely upset the actor's fans, film lovers and more so filmmakers, who are looking forward to work with him.