Never Sought Pardon, Says Sanjay Dutt


Mumbai: Junking an earlier report, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt who is currently serving a 5 year jail term after he was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, on Friday said that he never filed for pardon with the Maharashtra Governor nor had he requested anyone else to do so on his behalf.

Mr Dutt’s advocates Hitesh Jain and Subhash Jadhav, in a statement released today said the recent articles stating that Maharashtra Governor has turned down the actor’s plea for pardon, are based on an application made by retired Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju seeking pardon for Mr Dutt and other convicts in the case.

“No such application for grant of pardon was ever made by Sanjay Dutt or his family members to the Governor seeking pardon. Further, Sanjay Dutt or his family members never approached former Supreme Court Justice Katju for making an application for pardon on behalf of Dutt,” the statement said.

“Justice Katju has suo moto made this application for pardon not only for Dutt but also for other convicts in the case like Zaibunissa Kazi,” it added.

The statement said that Mr Dutt has almost finished his imprisonment and shall be out soon.