Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt has been offered some respite from the start of his jail term, as the Supreme Court of India has granted the actor 4 more weeks to surrender.
The actor has to undergo a jail term of about three and a half years after he surrenders. A bench of justices P Sathasivam and BS Chauhan granted relief for the actor just a day after three other convicts in the case were denied the relief.
The 53-year-old star was supposed to surrender by April 18, 2013 and had requested the Supreme court to allow him some more time to finish the shooting of his movie, which will take at least 196 days. Dutt explained that the actor must be allowed to surrender after the completion of his movies, as more than Rs. 278 crores have been invested by the producers in about seven movies.
On March 21, 2013, the court had convicted Dutt in regards to the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. The ‘Munnabhai’ star has already been in jail for about 18 months. However, the total sentence given to the actor was for 5 years. The Indian film industry has sympathised with the ‘Agneepath’ actor, but they respected the decision of the court in sentencing Dutt.