Mumbai (NVONews.Com): Sanjay Dutt jail sentence 2013 has begun and he has already spent two nights behind high prison walls. To be true, on the first night he was kept in the same cell where the hardest of terrorists are kept. It is a small egg shaped cell where according to Sanju baba it was difficult to even breath as it was very suffocating.
Though prison experiences have never been pleasant for anyone, nonetheless there are certain jails that are worse than others and then there are cells in the same jail that are far worse than other cells. Sanjay Dutt was kept in a cell that is reserved for the hardened terrorists. Why he was kept in the cell, is a question that should be asked to prison officials and they will have tough time responding to this very same questions.
Sanjay Dutt is among the most high profile Bollywood actors in the country and is known all over the world. His films have touched many a hearts and his Gandhigiri may remain alive in the hearts of film buffs in the country for decade. Making a hilarious film like Munnabhai MBBS and then playing several roles so deftly is not possible for any other actor. It is an irony that an actor of such high repute and caliber is kept in a cell that is reserved for hardcore terrorists.
The shifting from Anda cell to a general cell was not possible without the actor going to the court. Sanjay Duttâ€™s lawyer Rizwan Merchant, who appeared before the Tada court on Friday, argued that Dutt was not a â€œterroristâ€ and did not deserve to be lodged in the anda cell. â€œThe absence of ventilation is suffocating him. Even the SC has recognised that he is not a terrorist and was convicted only under the Arms Act,â€ Merchant argued before the court. Judge G.A. Sanap accepted the request but directed Merchant to later file a written application.
Sanjay Dutt who is the son of Nargis and Sunil Dutt, two greatest actors in Indian film industry has already served a quarter of his sentence and has to serve remaining sentence of 42 months after being convicted under the Arms Act. The Supreme 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”.
Sanjay Dutt is not an ordinary actor. He has acted in films of different genres deftly. He 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. He has been absolved of terrorism charges.