Actor Sanjay Dutt lost his ultimate legal battle on Tuesday as the Supreme Court dismissed his curative petition,asking for a reconsideration of the verdict to sentence him to five years in jail in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
We have gone through the curative petition and the relevant documents. In our opinion,no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this court in Rupa Ashok Hurra Vs. Ashok Hurra & another. Hence,the curative petition is dismissed, said a four-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam.
The 2002 verdict in the Rupa Ashok Hurra case had laid down the parameters for reconsideration of an order of the apex court which had become final on dismissal of a review petition. Dutts revision petition was dismissed on May 10,prompting him to take the final course of appeal. Dutts hope will now hinge solely on the constitutional powers vested with the President and the Maharashtra Governor,who are competent to grant clemency to him.
Dutt,who is currently lodged in the Yerawada jail in Pune,has spent 69 days behind bars after he surrendered on May 16 to undergo the remaining sentence of three-and-a-half years. He was in March sentenced to five years imprisonment for illegal possession of arms and ammunition.