Sanjay jail: Priya Dutt has no words
New Delhi, Mar 21 : Soon after the Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced for five years Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case his sister Priya Dutt said she has no words to express her reaction.
An emotional Priya Dutt, who is also a Congress MP, said: "I don't know what to say at this point. I really don't know."
Priya Dutt was present at the court since morning and she left after the verdict.
Dutt was earlier sentenced to six years of imprisonment by a TADA court in July 2007. Dutt, who is out on bail now after spending 18 months in prison, had challenged his conviction in the Supreme Court.
Dutt was accused of illegal possession of arms, including an AK-56 rifle. He was, however, acquitted of graver charges under TADA or the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.
Effectively Sanjay Dutt will now have to spend three years and eight months in jail.
Dutt was given four weeks to surrender. Sanjay Dutt can file a review petition too.
On March 12, 1993, twelve coordinated blasts in Bombay Stock Exchange, Air India Building at Nariman Point and hotels Sea Rock and Juhu Centaur resulted in death of at least 257 people and injury to more than 700.
It was alleged that the blasts were the instruments to avenge the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya in December 1992 and were allegedly conspired by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon and his brother Ayub Memon.
The blasts trial resulted in the conviction of 100 people; out of which 11 were sentenced to death, while another 22 were given life terms by a TADA court.