The Indian Supreme Court has approved of Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt’s request for more time before returning to jail. Dutt has been granted four more weeks of freedom under “humanitarian grounds.” He made this request in order to fulfil his film commitments before returning to jail on the grounds of illegally possessing weapons back in 1993 during the Mumbai blasts.
Dutt was initially told to surrender himself by 18 April in order to complete his five year sentence, 18 months of which he spent back in 2006. He still has three films to complete before returning back to jail – a remake of Zanjeer, Policegiri and Rajkumar Hirani’s Peekay. Rahul Aggarwal, the producer of Policegiri, stated the following regarding Dutt’s deferral. “He is thankful, but he is still under pressure as to how he can finish six months of work in a month.”
However, lawyer Majid Memon told Indian channel NDTV that Dutt can make another appeal if he wishes to surrender himself later on so he can finish his work. “Nothing prevents him from approaching the Supreme Court again.” “We’ll have to wait after four weeks if he has some more compelling grounds.”
Saket Sahni, the producer of Zanjeer also commented on Dutt and his work commitments. “We had a shooting in the morning which we cancelled because he had a hearing today. We were shocked that Sanjay Dutt wanted to dub today because we wanted him to spend some quality time with his family.” “The shooting has been postponed till tomorrow. Whatever has been shot so far, we will try to dub today. We will be dubbing as much as Sanjay Dutt can do.”
The Mumbai blasts killed 257 people and wounded 713 people, with Dutt being among the most high-profile convicts relating to this incident. However, he was cleared of conspiracy charges and has been convicted solely of the illegal possession of an AK-56 firearm.