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HC stays trial against Sanjay Dutt over speech

The case was registered against Dutt at Dakshin Tola police station in Mau district.

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: May 4, 2012 4:26 am

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday stayed the trial proceedings and the summons issued by a court in Mau against film actor Sanjay Dutt in a case pertaining to an alleged inflammatory speech while canvassing for the Samajwadi Party in the run-up to the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

The case was registered against Dutt at Dakshin Tola police station in Mau district.

Hearing the revision petition filed by Dutt,a single-judge bench of Justice B K Narayana stayed the orders of the magistrate’s court as well as the sessions court passed on September 15,2010,and April 18,2012,respectively. The sessions court had issued summons against Dutt,which,too,has been stayed by the court. The state government has been given six weeks time to file replies.

“Our prayer was that both the magistrate and the sessions court had erred in taking cognizance of the chargesheet filed by the police in this regard. There was nothing on record either at the time of the alleged commission of offence or during the investigation to make out a case against the petitioner,” Dutt’s counsel Kunwar Siddharth Singh said.

Agreeing with the contention of the petitioner,the court said,“Submissions made by the counsel for the applicant prima facie appear to be correct and the applicant has made out a case for grant of interim protection.”

In 2009,Dutt,while campaigning for the Samajwadi Party,had reportedly said in a speech that he was tried under the erstwhile TADA following the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts because his mother Nargis Dutt was a Muslim.

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