On August 24, 2012 the central Bureau of Investigation has urged the Supreme Court that the six year jail term handed to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt by a special court must be maintained. Dutt has been convicted of possession of dangerous and notified arms like the AK 56 during the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai.
The actor in the case has earlier spent 18 months in jail. Dutt has been convicted under the Arms Act. During the hearing of the appeal by Sanjay under the Act by Mumbai’s special judge (TADA) PD Kode in November 2006, the CBI insisted that the actor must be sentenced under the Arms Act but did not press for his conviction under the repealed Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act.
Dutt was acquitted of the stringent TADA but then held him guilty of a 9 mm pistol as well as an AK 56 rifle. On the other hand Dutt’s lawyer argued that the 16 inch rifle spring which was displayed in the court, was planted on the actor.
The seizure memo had mentioned an 18 inch rifle spring but it became 16 inch when produced before Kode. This is because an 18 inch spring is not used in AK 56 carbine.