The time has come for the Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt to surrender at TADA Court in Mumbai, which he will do on May 15, 2013. The actor has withdrawn his application to surrender at Yerwada Jail in Pune which he filed on May 14, 2013. Sanjay’s lawyer told the court that the actor wants to withdraw the application.
Dutt had expressed fear of being chased by the media and also stated that he faces threat from fundamentalists. The actor informed special TADA court on May 14, 2013 that he is facing a threat to his life from fundamentalist groups. On the other hand, the Supreme Court received a petition from a film producer.
The film producer is asking for more time for Dutt, so that he could complete his movies which are currently in production. The ‘Munna Bhai’ actor has been pronounced guilty by TADA court in 2007, under the Arms Act for possession of an automatic rifle. However, the star was acquitted under the TADA, as the trail judge who observed the case stated that he was not a “terrorist”.
A confessional statement has been made by Dutt, explaining that he had procured the weapon for self-defense during riots and the court accepted it. On March 21, 2013 Dutt’s appeal was dismissed, but the court reduced his prison term from six years to five years.