Speaking out for the first time since the Supreme Court verdict, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, appealed to the media for privacy and said that he would surrender when the time comes and would not be seeking pardon. Dutt feels that there were many others who deserved a pardon more than him.
Sanjay broke down while addressing the media and said he had the highest respect for the court. “I am a shattered man, my family is shattered. I want to thank whoever has supported us. I have a lot of work to finish and now I want to spend my time with my family. It’s tough time for me and my family. With folded hands, I want to tell you just let me be in peace till the time I go in.”
Sanjay Dutt was accompanied at the press conference by his sister and Congress MP Priya Dutt. The 53-year-old, who has been convicted under the Arms Act for his role in the 1993 Mumbai Blasts, said, “I will surrender in the given time of Supreme Court. I have not applied for any pardon. I want to tell the media and the citizens of our country, when I am not going for a pardon, then there is no debate about it.”
On March 21 the Supreme Court upheld Sanjay’s conviction under the Arms Act in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and sentenced him to five years in jail. He was asked to surrender in four weeks to serve his remaining term of about three-and-a-half year.
The actor has about three weeks’ time to surrender and he said he would be completing his work commitments before going in.