Since the Supreme Court had sentenced Sunjay Dutt to five years in jail, the Bollywood actor is getting support from many quarters. On Monday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, on her facebook page, said that Sanjay Dutt has already suffered for the blunder he committed earlier.
On March 21, Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju appealed to Maharashtra Governor K Sankarnarayanan to pardon the actor. Justice put some logical references in support of his appeal.
“Section 25 (1(A) of the Arms Act states that if a person has in his possession a prohibited weapon without a licence, he shall be awarded punishment of not less than 5 years imprisonment and not more than 10 years.”
“Hence, there is no doubt that the Governor can grant pardon/reduce the sentence. For example, in the case of Commander Nanavati who was held guilty of murder, the Governor gave him pardon although the minimum sentence for murder is life sentence.”
– Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman, PCI
And, now Sanjay Dutt got support from Mamata Banerjee too. Though, she said that it is not in her hand:
“Many requests from the civil society and film personalities have come to me to see that Sanjay does not suffer any more. Though it is not in my hand, I feel that he has already suffered a lot for the blunder he committed earlier. From complete wreck, he has again picked up his career to unfold his potential.”
– Mamata Banerjee, CM, West Bengal
Earlier, Congress Leader said that the actor is neither a terrorist nor criminal:
“Sanjay Dutt is not a criminal, he is not a terrorist. At a young age, in the atmosphere of that time, he perhaps thought that the way Sunil Dutt had been raising his voice against communalism and favoured the minorities, then perhaps he could be attacked.”
– Digvijay Singh, Congress Leader
The Supreme Court had on Thursday sentenced Sunjay Dutt to five years in jail while upholding his conviction under Arms Act.
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