Actor Sanjay Dutt,convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case,moved an application before the special TADA court on Tuesday,requesting permission to surrender directly before jail authorities instead of the court. He is likely to surrender on Wednesday.
A four-week extension granted to Dutt by the Supreme Court for surrender ends on May 16. However,Dutts lawyer had informed the apex court that he would surrender on May 15.
Dutts application was moved hours after the Supreme Court refused to grant him additional time to surrender for undergoing the remaining 42-month jail term. The actors application before the special TADA judge G A Sanap on Tuesday claimed that he feared for his life and that the media would make his transit from the court to jail difficult. Citing his past experience of 2007,when the actor was trailed from Arthur Road jail in Mumbai to Yerwada jail in Pune by the media,Dutt said he was ready to surrender before either of the jails which the court deemed fit.
Dutt has been sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment under the Arms Act for possession of an automatic rifle. In his application,Dutt has also claimed that he has serious threat to his life from vested interest groups and other fundamental groups and organisations,thus creating a law and order situation.
The court has kept the application for hearing on Wednesday,as the CBI sought time to file its reply on his application. The 53- year old actor had been granted four weeks to surrender owing to his film commitments. The extension was granted on humanitarian grounds.
In the apex court,a Bench of Justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra refused to hear the plea of a film producer,who sought more time for Dutt to surrender in order to complete two films which are under production.