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Born: July 29, 1959
Full name: Sanjay Balraj Dutt
A life riddled with controversies
I: 1959-2016, a timeline
Sanjay Dutt was first arrested in 1993 in connection with the Mumbai blasts. Since then he has been in and out of jail. He has been arrested and even sentenced thrice. This is a timeline of Dutt's life.
Jul 29, 1959 Born Sanjay Dutt was born in Mumbai to famous film actors, Nargis and Sunil Dutt.
Apr 26, 1981 Debut film ‘Rocky’ released
Jan 19, 1982 Arrest for taking drugs Dutt has said in interviews that he started using drugs after his mother died of cancer. He was 22 years old at the time. In 1982, he spent five months in jail for drug possession. Soon after, he joined a rehabilitation center in Texas, USA.
Dec 03, 1982 Vidhaata released He starred [as the second lead] in the year's highest grossing Hindi film, Vidhaata.
Jan 19, 1987 First Marriage Sanjay Dutt married Richa Sharma. They have a daughter, Trishala, who was born in 1988.
Apr 19, 1993 Second Arrest - Possession of Arms Dutt was arrested for illegal possession of arms. He was accused of accepting a delivery of weapons and explosives from gangsters who were also implicated in the Mumbai serial blasts in 1993.
Oct 16, 1995 Granted Bail Dutt was granted bail by the Supreme Court.
Jan 19, 1999 Bollywood Hits He appeared in three consecutive hits in 1999 -- Daag: The Fire; Haseena Maan Jayegi; and Vaastav: The Reality.
Jan 20, 2000 Awards Dutt won a Filmfare Award & a Star Screen Award in the best actor category for Vaastav: The Reality.
Jan 20, 2004 Awards He Won a Filmfare Award in the best comedian category for Munna Bhai MBBS.
Jan 20, 2007 UP Elections He tried to contest as a Samajwadi Party candidate in the 2009 parliamentary election. But the Supreme Court cancelled his candidature because of his involvement in the Mumbai blasts.
Jul 31, 2007 Sentenced to Jail Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to six years in jail on the last day of a trial that had dragged on for 13 years.
Mar 21, 2013 Supreme Court Verdict The Supreme Court upheld Dutt's conviction for illegal possession of a weapon in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
May 16, 2013 Surrendered Sanjay Dutt surrendered before a special court in Mumbai that tried cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.
May 16, 2013 Dutt sentenced to five years Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to five years in prison. The 23-year long trial had finally ended. Duttt had a;ready served some time behind bars. He had 42 more months left to serve.
Jul 23, 2013 Curative Petition The Supreme Court rejected Dutt's curative petition - the last procedural resort for a anyone seeking redressal against the Supereme Court's verdict.
Feb 25, 2016 Released Sanjay Dutt was released from prison after nearly three years. He was out 103 days early on the grounds of "good conduct."
II: the major controversies
Sanjay Dutt's Most Shocking Controversies
Controversy's favourite child: In an interview to Simi Garewal some time back, actor Sanjay Dutt had said that he does not remember any phase in his life where there were no problems. From drugs to alleged connection with the underworld to court cases, Sanjay Dutt's life has been mired with controversies. Hailing from a blue blood family of the film industry- the son of superstars Sunil Dutt and Nargis - Sanjay Dutt is known more for his controversies than his career. Let us take a recap at some of the controversies related to the actor.
Drunk MMS clip: Sanjay Dutt, who has been criticised for misusing his star status to get repeated parole and parole extension, has been slammed after a lengthy MMS clip featuring the actor in high spirits and talking about his colleagues from the film industry has been leaked. It is said that the actor partied and even conducted business while he was out on parole on the pretext of personal medical grounds and later his wife Maanyata's poor health. The Bombay High Court questioned the parole extension for the actor as he was out from December 21 last year to March 21 this year.
Drug abuse: It is said that when Sanjay Dutt was young he found it difficult to handle the pressure of being the son of superstar couple- Sunil Dutt and Nargis. It is said the actor started taking drugs when he was just in high school. And when his mother died, shortly before the release of his first film in 1981, his problem worsened. Also when the actor spent five months in prison in late 1982 after being caught in possession of illegal substances, he became depressed and allegedly started taking drugs. Upon his release he spent two years in the United States, the majority of which was spent in a Texas rehab clinic, before returning to India and resuming his career. The actor also was in the news due to a bitter custody battle he was fighting with his late wife Richa Sharma's family for daughter Trishala. However, he lost the case.
Affair with Madhuri Dixit: Sanjay Dutt's affair with the gorgeous actress Madhuri Dixit came under the scanner as he was already married to Richa Sharma. The two were working together in several films and were very charmed with each other. It is said their fondness for each other grew on the sets of Saajan. However, Madhuri's father was against this relationship as Sanjay was already married to Richa Sharma. Richa was battling cancer in the US and Madhuri lent Sanjay a friendly shoulder during this difficult time. They would often spend hours with each other. However, as per rumours, the gorgeous actress dumped him when Sanjay was arrested in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
Illegal possession of arms: Just as Sanjay Dutt had began to move on in his life after his first wife's passing away, a series of bomb attacks rocked Mumbai in 1993 and killed 257 people. The actor was found in possession of illegal weapons. The arms were allegedly part of the main consignment used in the blasts. Though Dutt was cleared of all conspiracy charges related to the blast, he was sentenced to six years in jail by a TADA court in July 2007. He was found guilty of illegally keeping arms, including an AK-56 rifle. The Supreme Court had handed a five-year jail sentence to actor. The actor was convicted under the Arms Act while he escaped conviction under the stricter TADA.
The underworld connection: If this was not enough trouble for the actor, Sanjay Dutt was investigated for alleged money-laundering deals between the Mumbai underworld and Bollywood. An audio tape of an alleged conversation between the actor and Chhota Shakeel, the Bombay underworld don, found a lot of mention in the media in 2001. Apart from speaking about a co-star’s punctuality issues, nothing substantial could be deciphered from the tape. Chhota Shakeel, one of the most dreaded dons of the Mumbai underworld, has been accused of kidnapping, extortion and murder.
Sanjay Dutt's marriage to Manyata: After getting divorced from his second wife Rhea Pillai, Sanjay Dutt tied the knot with Manyata (Dilnawaz Sheikh) in 2008 amid many controversies. While some rumours claimed that Manyata was already pregnant with his children when the two married, others linked her to the Mumbai underworld. The two got married in a private ceremony in Goa. What was shocking was that Sanjay's sisters Namrata and Priya Dutt, who did not approve of her, did not attend his wedding. Manyata too has an ambiguous past. She was a small-time actress in B-grade movies. There were also rumours that she was already married to someone else when she tied the knot with Dutt, making her second marriage illegal. It is also said after her marriage to the actor, she became very possessive about him and cut him off from his friends- Kumar Gaurav, Suniel Shetty and Sanjay Gupta. In fact, there were allegations that she was responsible for the ouster of Sanjay's trusted secretary Kalim. She then took over his day-to-day affairs.
Sanjay Dutt vs Ameesha Patel: The actress was very close to the actor and his wife Manyata. However, things between them turned soured at Rohit Dhawan's wedding. Ameesha Patel apparently wore a revealing dress with a plunging neckline at Rohit Dhawan's sangeet ceremony, which seemed improper to Sanjay Dutt. He asked her to cover up. However, when the actress didn't oblige, he went on to drape her dupatta across her shoulder to make her look 'decent'. This infuriated the actress, who felt it was not his business to tell her how to dress. Later, the pretty actress also accused Sanjay of touching her inappropriately. This led to lot of tension between the Dutts and Ameesha.
1993: The Mumbai serial blasts case
What were the bomb blasts of March 12, 1993?
Twelve coordinated blasts within two hours on March 12, 1993 ravaged Mumbai, India's financial capital, killing 257 people and injuring more than 700.
Among the targets were the Bombay Stock Exchange, Air India Building at Nariman Point and hotels Sea Rock and Juhu Centaur.Property worth crores was destroyed in the explosions in which the deadly RDX explosive was used for the first time in the country.
The serial blasts were alleged to be a revenge attack for the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya in December 1992.
Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon and his brother Ayub Memon are alleged to be the conspirators behind the Bombay serial blasts of 1993 and have been declared proclaimed offenders. Today, the Supreme Court said that the "management and conspiracy of the blasts was done by Dawood Ibrahim. It also said that Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI was involved in the blasts.
A TADA court had convicted 100 people; 11 of them were sentenced to death, another 20 given life terms.
1993- 2015: A timeline of Sanjay Dutt’s relationship with the law
Here is a complete timeline of Sanjay Dutt’s relationship with the law since his arrest in 1993.
Dutt was convicted to 5 years in prison
Number of days out of parole: 120 days
Number of days out on furlough: 44 days
• April 19, 1993 – Sanjay Dutt was arrested under TADA and the Arms Act for his role in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
• May 5, 1993 – He was released on bail.
• July 4, 1994 – His bail was cancelled and he was re-arrested.
• November 4, 1993: Nearly eight months after the serial blasts, primary charge sheet running to more than 10,000 pages were filed against 189 accused including actor Sanjay Dutt.
• October 16, 1995: Sanjay Dutt granted bail by Supreme Court.
• November 2006 - The TADA court found Sanjay Dutt guilty under Arms Act but acquitted him under TADA.
• July 2007 – He was convicted and sentenced to six year jail term.
• August 2, 2007 – He was re-arrested and taken to Yerwada prison in Pune
• August 20, 2007 – He was granted bail by Supreme Court.
• March 21, 2013 – Supreme Court sends Sanjay Dutt to five year in jail and asked him to surrender within four weeks.
• April 15, 2013 – Dutt’s advocate made an oral request to court to allow the actor to directly surrender before the jail and not before the special court.
• April 17, 2013: the Apex court granted time of four weeks to Dutt to surrender before the special court.
• April 20, 2013: The Actor moved a review petition against the March 21 judgement of the apex court.
• May 10, 2013: The Apex court rejected the review petition of the actor.
• May 16, 2013: Dutt surrenders and is send to Yerwada Prison in Pune
• October 2, 2013: Dutt is granted furlough for two weeks, and is extended by two weeks till October 29
• October 30, 2013: Dutt returns to prison
• December 6, 2013: Dutt granted parole for 30 days
Watch | Sanjay Dutt walks out of Pune’s Yerwada jail as a free man
• January, 2014: Granted first parole extension of 30 days
• February 18, 2014: Granted second extension of 30 days
• December 23, 2014: Granted furlough
• January 10, 2015: Dutt returns to prison after his plea for extension is turned down
• August 26, 2015: Dutt is released of parole
• February 25, 2016: Dutt is released from Jail
• Criminal conspiracy: Not guilty as conspiracy not established
• Section 3(3) of TADA: Not guilty as intention of aiding and abetting terrorism not established
• Section 5 of TADA Act: Not guilty as prima facie the possession has direct nexus with terrorist activities not established
• Section 6 of TADA Act: Not guilty as possession of arms and ammunition with intent to aid terrorists not established.
• Section 3 and 7 read with sections 25 (1-A) and (1-B) of Arms Act: Found guilty
• Speculation of sentence: Under section 7 read with section (1-A) of Arms Act, the minimum punishment is five years and a maximum of 10 years.
• Under section 3 read with (1-B) of Arms Act the punishment is from 1 to 3 years.
• In 1995, Dutt had made a representation before the advisory committee of the state that the charges of TADA against him should be dropped and if at all he is charged, he should be charged under Arms Act.
It was on August 26, 2015, that 56-year-old Sanjay Dutt was last released from jail on a 30-day parole.
1993: What Sanjay Dutt told the police
April 19, 1993.
April 26, 1993.
November 21, 2005.
These are three of the dates that film star Sanjay Dutt would desperately want to forget.
On April 19, 1993, he was arrested in connection with the Mumbai serial blasts of March 12, 1993.
At 1530 IST on April 26, 1993, he gave a statement before Deputy Commissioner of Police Krishnalal Bishnoi. This statement kept him in jail for two years.
And now, a reported confession of Abu Salem on November 21 has left Dutt a very worried man. He is consulting top criminal lawyers on the various implications of Salem's reported confession.
Dutt's 1993 statement to the police is the key.
He withdrew the statement later and four out of five independent witnesses turned hostile in the TADA court.
What exactly did Sanjay Dutt say in that all-important statement?
rediff.com brings you the transcript of that statement.
I -- Sanjay Sunil Dutt; age: 34 years; occupation: film artist -- stay at 58, Pali Hill, Bandra Bombay- 60 with my father and two sisters.
I studied arts in Elphinstone college for a year before dropping out. After that, I took private acting classes before getting into movies in 1980. I have three valid licenses for firearms and possess three weapons as mentioned below:
1. 270 Bruno rifle.
2. .375 double barrel magnum.
3. 12 bore shotgun.
I purchased these weapons as I was fond of hunting. I normally go hunting with a friend of mine, Yusuf Nullwala, as he is an experienced hunter.
In December 1991, I had given dates to actor-producer Feroz Khan for his film Yalgar.
He took the entire unit to shoot in Dubai.
During one of the shoots, Khan introduced me to one Dawood Ibrahim.
He introduced me to his brother Anees during another shooting session. After that meeting, Anees used to visit us regularly during the shooting and also where we were staying.
One day, Dawood Ibrahim invited the entire unit for dinner at his residence.
I attended the party like other unit members.
There were many others in the party and we were introduced to Iqbal Mirchi, Sharad Shetty, Chota Rajan.
There were also many artistes from Pakistan. Since Anees used to frequent the sets, I got to know him quite well.
I also know the proprietors of Magnum Video Hanif Kadawala and Samir Hingora. I signed one of their films Sanam. Samir is the treasurer of IMPA (Indian Motions Pictures Association). Hanif and Samir used to come quite frequently to my house to discuss dates with my secretary.
My father is an active political worker of the Congress and has been elected as member of Parliament in the last Lok Sabha election from Bandra. He also takes lot of interest in social work.
During the recent riots (communal riots in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition) my father has taken interest and organised aid for the riot victims with the film industry's help.
Many people from the industry, party and social organisations used to come home regularly to arrange for relief material.
During that period, we used to get anonymous threats over telephone. They threatened to kill or assault the males in the family and molest or rape my sisters.
Everybody in the family was frightened and was under great stress.
Also, my father was attacked twice -- when he visited Jogeshwari and Behrampura -- and branded a pro-Muslim person. Once, while my father was on a hunger strike at Hutatma Chawk, I got an anonymous threat on phone. I contacted the local police. However, no special protection was given to my father. That day, I coincidentally met an Army officer whom I knew.
I told him the above details and sought his help. He was kind enough to guard our house that night. Later, I casually mentioned the threats to a number of persons including Hanif Kadawala and Samir Hingora.
Hanif told me that if I wanted, he would make immediate arrangements to get an automatic weapon for me.
Initially I wasn't interested, but Hanif and Samir insisted that I get the weapon and I I agreed to do so. They said they would immediately provide me with one.
One day in January 1993, around 9 or 9:30 pm, Hanif and Samir came to my house along with a man by name Salem.
2000, November 14: Dutt’s controversial phone call from Nashik
Karachi-based don Chhota Shakeel had planned to eliminate superstar Hrithik Roshan as far back as November 2000, according to [one interpretation of] the transcript of an alleged telephone conversation between Shakeel and several Bollywood personalities which was submitted by the Mumbai police to a special court here.
India Today cited a Police Interpretation of the same tape, and wrote, ‘Chikna refers to Abu Salem.’
The tape of the alleged conversation between Shakeel and actor Sanjay Dutt, film director Mahesh Manjrekar, and producers Harish Sughand and Sanjay Gupta was played in the special court of judge A.P. Bhangale who is hearing the case of film financier Bharat Shah, accused of links with the underworld under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
The police say that several film personalities are in regular touch with Shakeel and leak information to him on Bollywood activities. The alleged conversation was taped by the police on November 14, 2000, at about 10.36 p.m. from Dutt’s cellphone. The actor had stopped over at Hotel Taj in Nashik before visiting the Shirdi temple. The tapes have only now been produced before the court because of Shah’s ongoing trial. Shah was arrested on January 8, 2001, for his alleged links with Shakeel.
The trial was delayed, among other things, because the producer-financier moved the courts for bail on several occasions. He was finally granted bail by the supreme court earlier this year. Shah has also been accused of taking Shakeel’s help to produce the film â€˜Chori Chori Chupke Chupke’.
On detailed reading, the transcripts reveal that Mahesh Manjrekar offered to make a film on the life of Chhota Shakeel on the recommendation of Sanjay Dutt. Shakeel welcomed the move, and said he would fully cooperate in the venture.
An untranslated transcript
An audio recording of a telephone conversation that had allegedly taken place on Dec 14, 2000. between Pakistan-based gangster Chhota Shakeel on the one hand and Sanjay Dutt, Harish Sugandh, Sanjay Gupta and Mahesh Manjrekar on the other, was played at a Special Court in Mumbai on July 26. The entire conversation, of which only around ten per cent has been reproduced below, was published by the newsmagazine Outlook and is available on its website.
Chhota Shakeel: Salaam, salaam bhaiya kya haal hain?
Sanjay Dutt: Nashik me baitha hu main
Chhota Shakeel: Kya shooting chal rahi hain?
Sanjay Dutt: Nahi Shirdi gaya… Baba ke paas jaa raha hoon
Sanjay Dutt: Bhai vo chip aanewala tha
Chhota Shakeel: Haa haa
Sanjay Dutt Woh kal aa raha hain abhi
Chhota Shakeel Achcha, achcha, achcha
Sanjay Dutt Ji
Chhota Shakeel Kya main bhejoon
Sanjay Dutt Ji
Chhota Shakeel Woh edharwali bheju… Dubaiwali
Sanjay Dutt Ha, bhej do na Bhai
Chhota Shakeel Achcha, chalo mein Dubaiwali bhej deta hoon
[Producer Harish Sugandh is in the same room as Dutt and listening to all this.]
Chhota Shakeel Salaam, salaam….Kya haal hai Harish…Phone hi bandh kar diya yaar…Kya baat hain?
Harish Sugandh Phone bandh nahin… woh tap hota hain naa
Chhota Shakeel [to Harish Sugandh] Khali haa ya naa mein jawab dena… Woh seedha ho gaya kya abhi? hain saath mein?
Harish Sugandh Kaun?… nahin nahin woh to haich… woh bechara uska tension ho gaya dono ka wapis.
Chhota Shakeel Haan wohin pooch raha hoon
Harish Sugandh Bahut bada tension huela hai
Chhota Shakeel (giggles)…
Harish Sugandh Aur limit ke bahar…
Chhota Shakeel Achcha
Harish Sugandh Haa Sanju batayega dekhna… abhibhi uska phone ayega edhar ….
Chhota Shakeel Nahin nahin agar aisa hain na… ki Suresh bolunga na to samajh jana
Harish Sugandh Haa haa
Chhota Shakeel Tension mat lena ke…
Harish Sugandh Nahin
Chhota Shakeel Ke main tum logo ko harassment kar raha hoon
Harish Sugandh Zindagi mein nahin… mujhe maloom hain bhai
Sanjay Dutt Aapke do fan baithe hai yahan pe… unse baat kar lo
Chhota Shakeel Kaun hain
Sanjay Dutt Sanjay Gupta hain ek. Aur ek Mahesh Manjrekar … Ek minute baat kar lijiye
(Sanjay Dutt passes phone to Sanjay Gupta)
Chhota Shakeel Hum log tum logo se koi madat nahin mangte.. Sirf yeh bolte hain ke kisi jagah pe koi co-operate kar lena
Sanjay Gupta 100 per cent Bhai
(Sanjay passes phone to Mahesh Manjrekar)
Mahesh Manjrekar Mereko ko aur ek film banani hain… mereko Sanjay ne bola tha aapki story ke upar ek film banani hain…
Chhota Shakeel Achcha, achcha, achcha… jald hi fursat mein baat karenge is mamle par…
Mahesh Manjrekar 100 per cent, mereko sacchi mangta hain story…
Chhota Shakeel Kuch chahiye yahan se?
Sanjay Dutt Nahin Bhai. Bhai jo aapne bheja hain na, woh kamaal
Chhota Shakeel Achcha
Sanjay Dutt Ji Bhai
Chhota Shakeel Nahin aur rahega na to main bhej doonga fikar nahin karna
Sanjay Dutt Bhai aapne jo Afzal ko bheja hain na, vaise ek bhejo na mereko yaar
Chhota Shakeel Kaunsa wala?
Sanjay Dutt Kamaal ka bheja hain…brown wala ek
Chhota Shakeel Achcha
Sanjay Dutt Brown chowkdi wala
Chhota Shakeel Brown chowkdi wala achcha, woh crocodile ka hain woh
Sanjay Dutt Nahin crocodile nahin hain yaar
Sanjay Dutt Achcha Bhai, woh Govinda bahut bada c***** hain Bhai
Chhota Shakeel Haan maloom hai mereko
Chhota Shakeel Yaar yeh to bada khushi hui ho Missionwali se
Sanjay Dutt Achcha laga aapko
Chhota Shakeel Woh Chikne ki maar diya hain ekdam first-class
Sanjay Dutt Bachcha hain na Bhai
Chhota Shakeel Woh bachcha hi raha na
Sanjay Dutt Bilkul Bhai
Chhota Shakeel Haan haan haan, nahin bahut mashallah bada achcha kiya
Sanjay Dutt Bhai main T-shirt liya hoon aapke liye
Chhota Shakeel Woh Chikna to nahin mila tha na
Sanjay Dutt Nahin bilkul nahin
Chhota Shakeel Acchha achcha
Sanjay Dutt Main boss ko bola bhi tha London mein
(Harish Sugandh comes on the line)
Chhota Shakeel Mission ka kya report hain?
Harish Sugandh Suno, Mission ki to business to bahut extra mili hain
Chhota Shakeel: Achcha
Harish Sugandh Haan ekdum first-class
Chhota Shakeel Hmm hmm hmm
Harish Sugandh Ek do chhote chhote centre pe kharaab hain
Chhota Shakeel Hmm hmm hmm
Harish Sugandh Baaki to Bombay mein to extra mile usi to
Chhota Shakeel Haan haan haan woh Chikna grade dekha thoda
Harish Sugandh Kiska?
Chhota Shakeel Woh kya naam hain uska... Hrithik
Harish Sugandh Haan haan uska to hain
Chhota Shakeel Agar kuch ho to, pooch lena, matlab tumhare ko kaisa karna hain, kaisa nahi hain
Sanjay Dutt Nahi, itna bada c****** hain woh Govinda
Chhota Shakeel Haa, haa
Sanjay Dutt Ata hi nahin, main kaam kar rahan hun uske saath
Chhota Shakeel Haa, haa
Sanjay Dutt Do baje, nau baje a seat pe do baje ye dekhiye
Chhota Shakeel Achcha kispe yeh jodi number do pe?
Sanjay Dutt Haa, Bhai
Chhota Shakeel Achcha
Sanjay Dutt Ji
Chhota Shakeel Ha, ha, ha, nahin, nahin, apne isme to barabar aayega woh
Sanjay Dutt (Laughs)
Sanjay Dutt Bhai, ek cheez boloon apko
Chhota Shakeel Hun, hun
Sanjay Dutt Woh chikna jo hain
Chhota Shakeel Hun, hun
Sanjay Dutt Karisma ko phone karke bolta hain ki t*** m** k* C***. Mere aadmi aake t*** m** c***** l* k* chale jayenge. B********* yeh kya hota hain Bhai
Chhota Shakeel Ha, ha, ha
Sanjay Dutt Ap sochiye abhi Bhai
Chhota Shakeel Bhai jyada din nahin hain
Sanjay Dutt Ji
Chhota Shakeel Samaj mein aayaa ki nahin
Sanjay Dutt Ji
Chhota Shakeel Bas ye dua karo lage huye hain
Sanjay Dutt Ji
Chhota Shakeel Jyada din nahi hain, Abhi agar ye aa jata na
Sanjay Dutt Ji
Chhota Shakeel To Yeh samajhna ke tum logon ko khush khabri hi thi who
Sanjay Dutt Bilkul Bhai
An English translation of the controversial portions:
Main source: SHEELA RAVAL | Tape recordings of Sanjay Dutt talking to a mafia don put film industry under a cloud |August 12, 2002 | India Today, with additional details from Tapes reveal Shakeel’s plan to kill Hrithik| Jul 30, 2002 | IndiaTimes/ The Times of India
Voice [presumably Sanjay Dutt]: (laughs) Bhai, should I say something?
Voice [presumably Sanjay Dutt]: It’ s about that Chikna.
Sanjay Dutt That Chikna [a person with a smooth, hairless face] you know, calls up Karisma on the phone and abuses her. He tells her that his men will come and **** her and go. The f*****, what is this? How can he do this ... you think and tell me, bhai.
Chhota Shakeel He won't be around for long. Just pray, we are at it ... If he had come ... you people would have had some good news to hear ... would have been good if he were to come to meet you ... we would have traced him on the second or third day ... I told him the same thing ... the devil's breath is warm and hot ... but when it will cease nobody can predict ...
Shakeel: Do you understand what I am saying?
Shakeel: Just pray for this,we are on the job.
Shakeel: It would have been good news if he had come to meet you.
Police Interpretation: Chikna refers to Abu Salem. The D Company is after him. The discussion is about killing Salem.
Tapes reveal Shakeel’s plan to kill Hrithik| Jul 30, 2002 | IndiaTimes/ The Times of India , on the other hand, wrote: ‘The most startling part of the conversation, however, involves actor Hrithik Roshan (referred to as Chikna)’
Sanjay Dutt I am in Nashik, bhai ...You were to send that chip, bhai?
Chhota Shakeel Should I send it? Do you want one from here (Karachi) or Dubai?
Sanjay Dutt Send it, bhai.
Police Interpretation: The chip refers to a SIM card to be sent from Karachi or Dubai to prevent its interception.
Sanjay Dutt That Govinda, he's a big f*****. He doesn't come on time. I have been working with him ... He comes at 2 p.m. for a 9 a.m. shift.
Chhota Shakeel Which movie is this one? Jodi Number 2?
Sanjay Dutt Yes, bhai.
Chhota Shakeel (laughs ...) He will come all right and on time for our movie.
Police Interpretation: Complaint about Govinda's ways. Shakeel later called the actor and told him to report for film shoots on time and not to create trouble for the director and producer.
2002: The case as it stood then
Case: Possession of unauthorised firearms - at the peak of the Mumbai riots in 1993 - thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 3 (3) of the TADA Act, 1987. Also, the arms were kept in the notified area of Greater Mumbai.
Status: The trial in the case of the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai, which killed 257 people, maimed 713 and damaged property worth Rs 27 crore in Mumbai, has reached a conclusive stage. Of the 121 accused, including Sanjay, 39 are still in custody. The CBI has submitted its version. The defence argument is on and is likely to be completed by the end of August. The CBI will have a chance to rebut on legal points only. The final hearing is expected by December. The CBI has examined 684 witnesses in all in the designated TADA court. The prosecution recorded 12,000 pages of evidence before closing its case on September 27. A total of 2,500 documents were produced.
A summary of various verdicts against Dutt
NEW DELHI, March 21 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt's conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and sentenced him to five years imprisonment. Dutt, who has already served 18 months of his term in prison, has four weeks to surrender. The Supreme Court today also dismissed 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Yakub Memon's appeal against his death sentence even as it reduced the punishment of 10 other accused to life imprisonment from death sentence considering the fact that they have spent 20 years in jail. It also upheld life sentences awarded to 17 others.
The apex court said there is no case for probation to Dutt because of the gravity of the crime though the actor can still file a review petition. Dutt, who was convicted under the Arms Act for illegally possessing weapons, had been awarded six years imprisonment by the TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court. However, the apex court reduced the sentence from six years to five years. This effectively means that Dutt will be in jail for three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months imprisonment.
"He will have to serve another three-and-a-half year sentence. We had prepared him for the same," Dutt's lawyer Satish Maneshinde told reporters. "We will wait for a copy of the Supreme Court judgement and then decide the further course of action," he said. "He is a strong man and will fight back."
In 2007, Dutt was cleared of conspiracy charges in the Mumbai serial blasts but was found guilty of illegal possession of an automatic rifle and a pistol.
The actor was the most high-profile among 100 people found guilty in the bombings trial. The 1993 Mumbai attacks were ordered by India's most wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim, police say. The court also came down heavily on Mumbai police and customs officers at all levels.
A TADA court had in 1993 awarded death sentence to 12 people, including Memon. One of them has passed away. The court had also sentenced 20 to life imprisonment and 46 others, including Dutt, were given varying terms of imprisonment.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had faced flak for not challenging the TADA court verdict acquitting Sanjay Dutt of charges under the TADA but convicting him under the Arms Act and sentencing him to six years imprisonment. However, in the course of the hearing of his appeal, the CBI had opposed the actor's plea challenging his conviction and sentencing.
A series of 13 car bomb blasts had ripped through Mumbai on March 12, 1993, resulting in the death of 257 people and injuries to 713. The locations that were targeted included fisherman's colony in Mahim Causeway, Zaveri Bazaar, Plaza Cinema, Century Bazaar, Katha Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Sahar Airport, Air India building, Hotel Juhu Centaur, the Bombay Stock Exchange Building and the Passport Office.
Not linked to 1993 blasts: Dutt
In August 2012, Dutt told the Supreme Court that his offense of possessing a rifle and ammunition was not linked to the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. Appearing for the actor, senior counsel Harish Salve told the apex court bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice B.S. Chauhan that he came to possess the weapon in September 1992 when his father Sunil Dutt and sisters were facing threats as the senior Dutt's help to Muslim victims annoyed some.
Salve said that the only caveat in putting Sanjay Dutt to trial under an anti-terror law was if there was any "inextricable linkage" between his possessing arms with the serial bomb blasts. He said that this was the least common denominator that could be used for seeing any such linkage. He said that there was no linkage between Dutt possessing a rifle and the 1993 bomb blasts. The court was told that Dutt had never met blasts accused Tiger Memon and all that he knew about him was hearsay from Samir Hingora in whose under-production film "Sanam" he was playing a role.
The senior counsel told this to the apex court hearing Dutt's appeal challenging his conviction under the Arms act and sentence of six years awarded to him. The actor's appeal challenging his conviction was being heard by the apex court. As Salve commenced the arguments, the court pointed out that there were objections that the "CBI filed appeal against all making an exception for Sanjay Dutt".
New Delhi: Actor Sanjay Dutt has been given a five-year sentence by the Supreme Court for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to the 1993 serial blasts that killed 257 people in Mumbai. The Supreme Court today said that the circumstances and nature of offence were so serious that the 53-year-old actor cannot be released on probation.
The court today ordered Mr Dutt to surrender within four weeks on the charge of possessing three automatic rifles and a pistol that had been supplied to him by men subsequently convicted in the bombings. (Read: 10-point cheat-sheet in the case).
Mr Dutt has maintained he knew nothing about the bomb plot and that he asked for the guns to protect his family after receiving threats during sectarian riots in Mumbai. (Read: How a gun changed Sanjay Dutt's life)
The Supreme Court today observed that evidence and materials perused by the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) Court in 2007 against Mr Dutt was correct. (See case timeline)
In his confession upon his arrest in 1993, which he later retracted, the actor had said that mafia don Abu Salem visited his home in January that year with Samir Hingora and Hanif Kadawala, proprietors of Magnum Video and alleged close associates of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
The Supreme Court today confirmed the death sentence of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon in the case and commuted the death sentence of 10 others. While passing its verdict, the court said the "management and conspiracy of the blasts was done by Dawood Ibrahim and that Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, was involved in the blasts. The court also commuted the death sentence of the 10 other convicts to life imprisonment today.
Extracts from the judgement of the Hon Supreme Court
APPEALS FILED UNDER ARMS ACT/EXPLOSIVE SUBSTANCES ACT
CRIMINAL APPEAL NO. 1060 of 2007
Sanjay Dutt (A-117) .... Appellant(s) vs The State of Maharashtra, through CBI (STF), Bombay .... Respondent(s)
WITH Criminal Appeal No. 1102 of 2007 Yusuf Mohsin Nulwalla (A-118) .... Appellant(s) vs The State of Maharashtra, through CBI (STF), Bombay .... Respondent(s) AND Criminal Appeal No. 1687 of 2007 Kersi Bapuji Adajania (A-124) .... Appellant(s) vs The State of Maharashtra, through CBI (STF), Bombay ....
[Samir Hingora was A-53]
The abovesaid appeals are directed against the final judgment and order of conviction and sentence dated 28.11.2006 and 31.07.2007 respectively by the Designated Court under TADA for the Bombay Bomb Blast Case, Greater Bombay
A common charge of conspiracy was framed against all the co-conspirators including the appellants. The relevant portion of the said charge is reproduced hereunder:
“During the period from December, 1992 to April, 1993 at various places in Bombay, District Raigad and District Thane in India and outside India in Dubai (U.A.E.) Pakistan, entered into a criminal conspiracy and/or were members of the said criminal conspiracy whose object was to commit terrorist acts in India and that you all agreed to commit following illegal acts, namely, to commit terrorist acts with an intent to overawe the Government as by law established, to strike terror in the people, to alienate sections of the people and to adversely affect the harmony amongst different sections of the people, i.e. Hindus and Muslims by using bombs, dynamites, handgrenades and other explosive substances like RDX or inflammable substances or fire-arms like AK-56 rifles, carbines, pistols and other lethal weapons, in such a manner as to cause or as likely to cause death of or injuries to any person or persons, loss of or damage to and disruption of supplies of services essential to the life of the community, and to achieve the objectives of the conspiracy, you all agreed to smuggle fire-arms, ammunition, detonators, handgrenades and high explosives like RDX into India and to distribute the same amongst yourselves and your men of confidence for the purpose of committing terrorist acts and for the said purpose to conceal and store all these arms, ammunition and explosives at such safe places and amongst yourselves and with your men of confidence till its use for committing terrorist acts and achieving the objects of criminal conspiracy and to dispose off the same as need arises.
“To organize training camps in Pakistan and in India to import and undergo weapons training in handling of arms, ammunitions and explosives to commit terrorist acts. To harbour and conceal terrorists/co-conspirators, and also to aid, abet and knowingly facilitate the terrorist acts and/or any act preparatory to the commission of terrorist acts and to render any assistance financial or otherwise for accomplishing the object of the conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, to do and commit any other illegal acts as were necessary for achieving the aforesaid objectives of the criminal conspiracy and that on 12.03.1993 were successful in causing bomb explosions at Stock Exchange Building, Air India Building, Hotel Sea Rock at Bandra, Hotel Centaur at Juhu, Hotel Centaur at Santacruz, Zaveri Bazaar, Katha Bazaar, Century Bazaar at Worli, Petrol Pump adjoining Shiv Sena Bhavan, Plaza Theatre and in lobbing handgrenades at Macchimar Hindu Colony, Mahim and at Bay-52, Sahar International Airport which left more than 257 persons dead, 713 injured and property worth about Rs.27 crores destroyed, and attempted to cause bomb explosions at Naigaum Cross Road and Dhanji Street, all in the city of Bombay and its suburbs i.e. within Greater Bombay…
“In addition to the above-said principal charge of conspiracy, the appellants were also charged on other counts which are as under: Sanjay Dutt (A-117):
Secondly; The appellant, in pursuance of the aforesaid criminal conspiracy and during the period from January, 1993 to April, 1993, agreed to keep in his possession and acquired 3 AK-56 rifles and its ammunition, one 9mm pistol and its cartridges and handgrenades, unauthorisedly, which were part of the consignments smuggled into the country by Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his associates knowingly and intentionally that these were smuggled into the country for the purpose of committing terrorists acts and that he thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 3(3) of TADA …
“Fourthly; The appellant possessed the above mentioned arms and ammunitions with an intent to aid terrorists and contravened the provisions of the Arms Act, 1959 and the Arms Rules, 1962, the Explosive Substances Act, 1908 and the Explosives Rules, 2008 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 6 of TADA …
“The appellant [Yusuf Nulwalla] acquired the abovementioned arms and ammunitions from the house of Sanjay Dutt (A-117) and possessed the same, unauthorisedly, in a notified area of Greater Bombay and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 5 of TADA…
“The appellants have been convicted and sentenced for the above said charges as under: Conviction and Sentence: Sanjay Dutt (A-117): A-117 has been convicted for the offence punishable under Sections 3 and 7 read with Sections 25(1-A), (1-B)(a) of the Arms Act, 1959 and sentenced to suffer RI for 6 years along with a fine of Rs. 25,000/-, in default, to further undergo RI for a period of 6 months. However, the appellant was not found guilty of all other offences for which he was charged and, accordingly, acquitted for all the said offences…
“[T]he story of the prosecution is as under: (a) Babri Masjid at Ayodhya was demolished on 06.12.1992. After its demolition, violence broke out throughout the country. Tiger Memon (AA) and Dawood Ibrahim (AA), a resident of Dubai, in order to take revenge of the said demolition, formulated a conspiracy to commit terrorist act in the city of Bombay… On 15.01.1993, Samir Hingora (A-53), Hanif Kandawala (A-40), Ibrahim Musa Chauhan@Baba (A-41) and Abu Salem (A-139) - then absconding, came to the residence of the appellant (A-117) at Pali Hill, Bandra, Bombay and told him that they would deliver the weapons tomorrow i.e., on 16.01.1993. On 16.01.1993, A-53, A-41 and A-139 delivered 3 AK-56 Rifles and 250 rounds of ammunitions and some handgrenades at the residence of A-117. On 18.01.1993, out of the abovesaid 3 AK-56 Rifles and ammunitions, 2 rifles and some ammunition were taken away by co-accused persons including one Mansoor Ahmed (A-89) (c) On 12.03.1993, bomb explosions took place at various places in Bombay causing death of 257 persons, injuries to 713 and destruction of property worth about Rs. 27 crores (d) On 18.04.1993, A-89 was taken in police custody whereas A-117 was arrested from the Mumbai International Airport on 19.04.1993 upon his arrival from Mauritius. On the same day, at about 15:30-15:40 hrs., he made a statement to the police that the rifle and the pistol and its rounds thereof have been kept with A-118 and that he would identify him and his house in Dongri, Umarkhari. He also led the police party to the house of A-118 at 15:45 hrs. …
“On 26.04.1993, A-117 expressed his desire to make a confession and, accordingly, he was produced before PW-193, who after recording the preliminary statement (First part), awarded him a period of 48 hours for cooling off (j) On 27.04.1993, the confession of A-118 was recorded by Mr. Bishnoi (PW-193) in first part and a further time for reflection was awarded to him (k) On 28.04.1993, PW-193 recorded the second part of the confession of A-117. Similarly, on 29.04.1993, the confession of A-118 was recorded by PW-193 which remained un-retracted …
By order dated 28.11.2006 and 31.07.2007, the appellants (A-117, A-118 and A-124) were convicted and sentenced by the Designated Court as mentioned earlier …
[Senior counsel Harish Salve] pointed out that the unchallenged finding of the trial Court in the present case is that the alleged acquisition of 2 illegal weapons by the appellant (A-117) was at a different point of time, much before even the conspiracy in relation to the Bombay blasts was commenced. …With regard to the evidence in order to establish that the appellant was in conversation with Anees over phone, learned senior counsel contended that the alleged confession of Samir Hingora (A-53) as well as of Hanif Kandawala (A-40) (his partner) to the effect that the appellant (A-117) was in conversation with Anees relates to A-53's visit to the house of the appellant (A-117) on the night of 15th January whereas the call records relied on were of 16th January, 1993 …
The following extracts from the confession of the appellant are pertinent: "(i) I am having three valid license for fire arms and possess 3 fire arms as mentioned below: (a) 270 Rifle of BRUNO make; (b) 375 Magnum Double barreled Rifle; and (c) 12 Bore Gun of Double Barrel (ii) I purchased these weapons due to my fondness for hunting. I normally go for hunting with one friend of mine, viz., Mr. Yusuf Nullwala as he is an experienced hunter. I also know one friend of Yusuf Nullwala by name Kersi Bapuji Adajenia and met him three times (iii) In December, 1991, I had given dates for shooting to actor producer Firoz Khan for his film Yalgar. He had taken the whole unit for shooting in Dubai. During one of the shootings, Firoz Khan introduced me to one Mr. Daud Ibrahim and also to his brother Anees during another shooting session. After that, Anees used to visit us regularly during the shootings and also at the place of our stay
(iv) Since Anees used to come frequently, I become well acquainted with him (v) I also know the proprietors of Magnum Video, namely Hanif Kandawala and Samir Hingora. I also signed for acting in one of their film Sanam. Samir is treasurer of Indian Motion Picture Association (IMPA). Hanif and Samir used to come quite frequently to my house for taking dates for shooting from my Secretary (vi) Hanif told me that if I so desire, he would make immediate arrangements to provide an automatic fire arm to me for my protection. Initially, I did not show any interest but when Hanif and Samir started repeatedly telling me to acquire a firearm from them, I gradually fell prey to their persistent suggestion and expressed my desire to Hanif and Samir. They said that they would immediately provide me with an automatic fire arm (vii) One day, in mid Jan., in the evening, around 9.00 to 9.30 p.m., Hanif and Samir came to my house along with one person by name Salem. I had met this Salem once or twice earlier also (viii) Then these 3 fellows told me that they were coming tomorrow morning with the weapons to be delivered to you. Then they went away (ix) Next day morning Samir, Hanif and Salem all three came to my house along with one other person who is not known to me (x) They came in a Maruti Van and parked it in a Tin shed which is used by us for parking our vehicles. One person was sitting inside the Maruti Van. After about 15-20 min., he took out three rifles and they said it is AK-56 rifles (xi) I got some cloth from my house and gave it to them. Salem and the person who has come with him wrapped those rifles in the cloth and gave it to me
(xii) When I opened and saw it, there were three rifles some magazines and rounds, they have told me that there are 250 rounds. The rounds were kept in another hand bag fetched by me (xiii) On seeing three rifles, I got scared and told them that I wanted only one weapon. Then Hanif and Salem told me to keep it for the time being and in case it is not required, we will take away the rest of the two weapons (xiv) They have also shown me some brown coloured hand-grenades and asked me whether I want that also. I do not want these grenades and you may please leave my house immediately, I told them (xv) I kept these rifles and ammunition in the dickey of my Fiat Car No. MMU 4372 and locked it (xvi) On the same night, I removed the three rifles and ammunition, kept the same in a handbag which I kept in my private hall which was on the 2nd floor of our bungalow (xvii)Two days thereafter, since I had considerable mental tension, I contacted Hanif Kandawala and requested him to take away the weapons. He said that he would arrange to send somebody to collect the same. After two days, Hanif Kandawala and Samir Hingora along with Salem came to my house in the evening in a car. I returned two AK- 56 rifles and a part of the ammunition to them but retained one AK-56 rifle and some ammunitions with me (xviii) Around Sept. 1992, during one of my shooting at R.K. Studio, one Kayyum, who is a member of Dawood Ibrahim gang, who had also met me in Dubai at the time of shooting of the film Yalgar approached me with a stranger. They offered me a 9 mm pistol with ammunition.
When I saw it, I liked it and had a strong desire to purchase the same. They offered it to me for a sum of Rs.40,000/-. I paid the said amount in cash to them at my house and purchased the same. I do not know the name of that person who was brought by Kayyum. However, he was aged about 35-38 years, apparently, Muslim, dark complexion, height about 5'8", fat built, moustache, medium curly hair, wearing shirt and pant. I will be able to identify him if brought before me. He also handed over 8 rounds of the said pistol (xix) On 2nd April, I left for Mauritius for shooting of the film 'Aatish'. There I was informed by a casual contact that Hanif and Samir have been arrested by the Bombay Police for their complicity in bomb blasts (xx) On hearing the news, I got frightened as these fellows had given me the AK-56 rifles and they may tell my name to the police to involve me in the bomb blasts case. I contacted my friend Mr. Yusuf Nullwala on telephone and asked him that something is lying in a black coloured bag which is kept in my hall at the second floor of my house and it should be taken away immediately and destroy the things completely which are there in the bag, otherwise, I shall be in a great trouble. By this time, the news about my possession of AK- 56 rifles had appeared in the press and on coming to know about this, my father asked me about the truthfulness of this news, but I denied the same. My anxiety about the whole episode became unbearable and I decided to return to Bombay in between. My father informed my flight details to the Police and I was picked up by police as soon as I landed at Bombay and I confessed the whole things to them”…
The following facts emerge from the abovesaid confession: i) He was already having three licensed firearms ii) He developed acquaintance with Anees Ibrahim - brother of Dawood Ibrahim during a film-shooting in Dubai iii) He expressed his desire to Samir Hingora (A-53) and Hanif Kandawala (A-40) to have an automatic fire-arm. iv) They came with one Salem with whom Sanjay Dutt was already acquainted with and they assured him of the delivery of weapons the next day in the morning v) They came in the morning of 16.01.1993 with one other person and delivered 3 AK-56 Rifles and 250 rounds vi) After 2 days, he returned 2 AK-56 and ammunitions but retained 1 AK-56 and some ammunition vii) In April, while he was shooting at Mauritius, he heard the news of the arrest of Samir and Hanif, on which, he got frightened and requested his friend Yusuf Nulwalla to destroy the weapons
The appellant (A-117) not only implicates himself in the above said statement but also amongst others the appellant- Yusuf Nulwalla (A-118)…
The confession of the appellant (A-117) is substantiated and corroborated with the confession of other co-accused, namely, Samir Hingora (A-53), Baba @ Ibrahim Musa Chauhan (A-41), Mansoor Ahmed (A-89), Hanif Kandawala (A-40), Yusuf Nulwalla (A-118) and Kersi Bapuji Adajania (A- 124)…
Anis Ibrahim called … from Dubai and said that A-41 and A-139 are his men and they have some weapons which have to be delivered to A-117 at his residence viii) A-53 and A-139 went to Sanjay Dutt's (A-117) house where he hugged Abu Salem and asked him about the weapons. A-117 then told A-139 to bring the weapons next day at 7 am ix) On 16.01.1993, A-53 led A-139 and A-41 to the house of Sanjay Dutt. A-139 and A-41 were in a blue maruti van while A-53 was in his own car x) At the residence of A-117, A-53 saw that the blue van was containing 9 AK-56 rifles and hand grenades and they gave 3 AK-56 rifles and some magazines to A-117. A-117 also asked for some hand grenades which were put in a black bag by A-139 xi) A-139 kept the rifles in a fiat car belonging to A-117 The hand grenades were kept in the car of A-53 and he left the car at A-117's residence and took an auto rickshaw xii) A-53 collected his car from A-117's residence after 3 days when he called him and said that grenades have been taken out…
On the next day i.e. 16.01.1993, A-139 went to the house of A-41 and told him to take a white coloured Maruti van bearing registration number of Gujarat, which was parked near the Arsha Shopping Centre, and to reach the office of Magnum Video. Accordingly, he went to the said place and from there he along with A- 139 and A-53, went to the house of A-117. (viii) At that time, A-139 introduced A-41 to A-117 (ix) A-41 parked the above white coloured Maruti Van which he had driven to reach the house of Sanjay Dutt in his garage (x) There were 9 AK-56 rifles, 80 hand grenades, 1500/2000 cartridges and 56 magazines in the cavities beneath the rear seat of the aforesaid Maruti Van as well as inside the lining near the front and rear side doors, out of which, 3 rifles, 9 magazines, 450 bullets and 20 hand grenades were asked to be kept by A-139 in Sanjay Dutt's Fiat car (xi) Accordingly, A-41 shifted the cartridges and magazines to a sports bag and kept it in Sanjay Dutt's car (xii) A-53 packed the above mentioned 20 grenades in another sports bag and kept it in Sanjay Dutt's car and gave another long sports bag to A-41 in which he filled 3 rifles, 16 magazines, 25 hand grenades and 750 cartridges. A-41 took the said bag to his house and hid it beneath his bed and on the next day, A-41 loaded all the bullets in the magazines of the rifles…
The abovesaid confessional statements of the co- accused clearly establish the case against the appellant- Sanjay Dutt and also corroborate with each other in material particulars.
Confessional Statement of the appellant - Yusuf Mohsin Nulwalla The following extracts from the confession of the appellant are pertinent:- "Somewhere around the year, 1970, I came in contact with one person by name Azhar Hussain and later on I became very friendly with him. He was cousin of Sanjay Dutt through him I met Sanjay Dutt and developed friendship with him as he was also fond of hunting, fishing and staying in camp life. After this myself and Sanjay Dutt used to go out for hunting with other friends occasionally. I came in contact with Sanjay Dutt's father and other family members due to my friendship with Sanjay Dutt and his cousin Azhar Hussain. Later on Sanjay Dutt had started taking on drugs and because of this he used to remain out off from us and started avoiding me. However, my contact with Sanjay's father and other family members was as it is and they normally used to ask me to convince Sanjay to give up the drugs but my convincing and persuasion did not help him
"Somewhere in the year 1984, Sanjay has taken me out to one of his friend by name Tariq Ibrahim's place in Kanpur. From there his friend had taken us out of his farm in Tarai and we stayed there for one week. During the stay, I casually mentioned to Tariq Ibrahim that I am quite fond of guns but I am not getting arms license. Then he told me that don't worry my brother is Supdt. of Police at Ratlam and he will get you arms license as and when you wanted. Later on, I contacted his brother Asif Ibrahim, who was Supdt. of Police, Ratlam to give me arms license, he did it and subsequently he gave me two more arms licenses. After getting these licenses, I was gifted two guns by Sunil Dutt out of which one was 12 Bore DBBL gun and another was 22 Rifle. I purchased the 3rd weapon, which is single barrel 375 Magnum Rifle "In the meanwhile, I had come in contact with one Kesi Bapuji Adajenia, who was also in steel fabrication business and was also an old hunter so we became friends. He also used to give me sub contracts for steel fabrication. I had introduced him to Sanjay Dutt also and later on he went with us for hunting to a place near Surat once "Later on Sanjay Dutt became quite popular in Hindi movies and most of the times he used to remain busy in his shootings.
Many times, I also used to get to the place for shooting to meet Sanjay Dutt. He had taken me to Bangalore, Mysore, Ooty, Kodai Kanal and various other places during this outdoor shooting to these places. Normally, I used to meet Sanjay two to three times in a week either at his house or at the place of shootings "In the first week of April, he left for Mauritius and I got busy with my normal business. Then one day, I read in newspaper the news item that "Sanjay Dutt is in possession of AK-56 Rifles In the same day evening, I received a telephone call at my residential telephone from Sanjay Dutty, who was speaking from Mauritius. He told me that there is something which is kept in a black coloured bag kept in his room at his residence (i.e. 58, Pali Hill Bandra, Bombay-50) and I shall take that bag from his room and destroy the things inside it immediately otherwise he will be in a great trouble Next day morning, I went to Sanjay's residence and took the black bag from his second floor room and opened it there only When I opened it I found it containing one AK-56 rifle, two empty magazines and approximately two hundred fifty rounds of AK-56, one pistol and one loaded magazines of pistol I took out the AK-56 rifle there only and cutted it in pieces with a hexa, which I had taken along with me then I put all the cut pieces in the bag and came to my friend Kersi Bapuji Adajenia's house as he used to keep all the tools of his steel fabrication in the godown in his house I told him the whole story and also that Sanju is in great trouble, so I required your help in melting and destroying the cutted pieces of AK-56 rifles. Both of us came to his godown and I tried to melt the cutted pieces of AK-56 with the help of cutter, but could not succeed, then my friend Adajenia melted all the pieces of AK-56 rifle with the help of gas cutter After that I gave the pistol to Kersi Bapuji Adajenia asked him to burn it also after sometime.
I collected the melted remains of AK-56 Rifle and threw it in the sea at Marine Drive Next day morning, I kept the rounds of AK-56 in two separate bundles wrapped in papers and threw it in the sea in front of Oberoi Towers and returned to my home Next day in the early morning, I got telephone call from Sanjay Dutt at my residence No. 3755092 and I informed him that your work is done and had normal talk with Sanjay Dutt After this, I spoke to Kersi Bapuji Adajenia once and told him that you burn the pistol also but he told me that you do no worry about this. I will take care of this. Then I stayed at my house and did my normal business till I was picked up by the Police 24) …
The following extracts from the confession of the appellant-Kersi Bapuji Adajenia are relevant:- "… Somewhere around the end of first week of April, 1993, one day Yusuf Mohsin Nullwalla came to my house around 10.00 a.m. in the morning, he was having a black coloured Rexin bag hung to his shoulder with him and he said to me that Sanjay Dutt had telephoned him saying that on[e] AK-56 rifle and other things are lying at this house and police had come to know about his and he is in great trouble and he has asked me to collect it and destroy it, so I had gone to his house and collected it and I have also cut it into pieces and now I want gas cutting set to completely destroy it, then he showed me the cut pieces of AK-56 rifle by opening the bag Since I have read about Sanjay Dutt's possession of AK-56 rifle and police being after him in the newspaper about a day or two earlier. So initially, I told him that I do not went to get involved in this thing. Then Yusuf said to me that in case he goes out to some other place for destroying it he is likely to be caught and requested me to again to give my gas cutter, so I agreed. Then he went to my godown and started destroying the cut pieces of AK-56 rifle with the help of gas cutter I also went to the place to see that no mishap takes place. When I went there I saw that he was fumbling with the gas cutter and was in no position to destroy the pieces properly. Then I adjusted the gas and started melting the pieces of AK-56 rifle myself with the gas cutter. These parts were having lot of grease on them so lot of smoke was coming out. Somehow, I managed to destroy all the parts of AK-56 which he had brought in the bag Then he took out one pistol from the bag and wanted me to destroy that alo but I was quite tired and had some breathing problem due to the smoke which was coming out while the pieces of AK-56 reifle were being destroyed. So I told him to leave te weapon with me and I will destroy it some other time. Then he collected the meted remains of AK-56 rifle in a plastic bag, gave the pistol to me for destruction and he went away. After two days, he telephoned me and enquired whether I have destroyed pistol or not. I told him not to worry about that As I was to go to Calcutta on 9th April morning so I telephoned and called a friend of mine, by name Rusi Framrose Mulla to my house. He came to my house next day morning and I gave the pistol to him and asked to keep it in sae custody as I was going out to Calcutta. I did not tell him anything about the history of the pistol and told him that I will collect it as soon as I come back from Calcutta
It has been contended that since the confession of the appellant - Sanjay Dutt (A-117) has been retracted, hence, it is not trustworthy and it would not be safe to place reliance upon it. It is settled law that a voluntary and free confession, even if later retracted, can be relied upon
In the case of the appellant - Sanjay Dutt (A-117) , the retraction statement was not made at the first available opportunity. After the recording of his confession, within 10 days, the accused was released on bail by the High Court, and the accused remained free for a considerable period of time. In fact, the judgment delivered by the Constitution Bench on 09.09.1994 also noted down that the said confession of the accused remained un-retracted. The retractions were made many months after the recording of the confession
A-117 confessed that he already had three licensed firearms (vi) He developed acquaintance with Anees Ibrahim-brother of Dawood Ibrahim during a film-shooting (vii) He expressed his desire to have an automatic fire-arm to Samir Hingora and Hanif Kandawala (viii) Sanjay Dutt was already acquainted with Salem and he had assured him of delivery of the weapons (ix) With the help of above named persons, 3 AK-56 Rifles and 250 rounds were delivered to A-117 (x) After 2 days, he returned 2 AK-56 rifles and ammunitions, and retained 1 AK-56 and some ammunition (xi) A-117 kept the same in a handbag and placed it in the private hall on the 2nd floor of his bungalow (xii) On hearing the news of the arrest of co-accused persons, viz., Samir Hingora and Hanif Kandawala
Deposition of Pandharinath H. Shinde (PW-218)
The deposition reveals as under: (i) On 11.01.1993, he was posted on guard duty at the bunglow of Sunil Dutt at Pali Hill, Khar, Bombay (ii) He had worked as a Protection Guard at the said bunglow from 11.01.1993 to 19.01.1993. He was on duty during that period for 24 hours (iii) On the said day, at about 7:30 a.m., one white maruti van came to gate No. 2 of the said bunglow and three persons were sitting in the said van (iv) He identified Ibrahim Musa Chauhan and Samir Hingora as the persons who were sitting at the back of the said van
The relevant confession of A-53, wherein he stated that when they reached the house of Sanjay Dutt, he was speaking to Anees over phone, the said call details along with a certified copy of the relevant directory which contains the telephone number of Anees Ibrahim in Dubai has been filed. The call record was pertaining to Tel. No. 6462786. Exh. No. X-572 shows that the said number belongs to Sanjay Dutt. The United Arab Emirates' Telephone Directory which is also exhibited indicates the number as 448585 in the name of Anees Shaikh Ibrahim
In the case on hand, at the time of taking cognizance by the Designated Court, there were sufficient evidence against the appellants to proceed against them in the joint trial. In the case of Sanjay Dutt, the Designated Court took a view on the basis of his own confession that the weapons were not acquired for any terrorist activity but they were acquired for self-defence, therefore, acquittal was recorded in respect of charge under Section 5 of TADA. We fully agree with the same
For the same reasons discussed above, we are in agreement with the conclusion arrived at by the Designated Court and reject the arguments of the counsel for the other appellants, viz., A-118 and A-124. In the light of the above discussion, we are of the view that the course adopted by the trial Court was correct in view of both the abovesaid judgments of this Court Sentence: 72)
Coming to sentence, A-117 has filed an additional affidavit dated 24.07.2012 highlighting the circumstances under which he was implicated, relationship of his family members with the victims etc. It is not in dispute that though the appellant was also charged under TADA Act, the fact remains that he was acquitted of those charges and admittedly the CBI has not filed an appeal against the same. As said earlier, the Designated Court convicted him for the offences under Sections 3 and 7 read with Sections 25(1-A) and (1-B)(a) of the Arms Act, 1959. Consequently, in his additional affidavit, the appellant has asserted that he is entitled to seek the benefit of Section 4 of Probation of Offenders Act
The TADA Court has also held that the prosecution has failed to prove that the alleged arms in possession of the appellant were from the same alleged consignment that was used in the said blasts
It was also contended from the side of the appellant that in the year 1992-93, the appellant and his family members were involved in helping people residing in riots affected areas, more particularly, Behrampada, predominantly having a Muslim population which was objectionable to certain group of persons who were of the opinion that the Dutt family was sympathizers of only the Muslim community. In fact, this leads to an attack on Sunil Dutt in January, 1993 as well as threatening phone calls were being received at their residence, including threats to the family members being killed as well as the sisters of the appellant being kidnapped and raped. This lead to a great and serious apprehension that an attack could be perpetrated upon the Dutt family in view of the fact that Shri Sunil Dutt had already been attacked. This apprehension was clearly set out in thebb letter of Shri Sunil Dutt to the then DCP of Zone VII dated 06.01.1993, wherein he asked for enhancing security arrangements further and for more police protection at his house as deposed by PW-219
The circumstances and the nature of the offence as analysed and discussed above are so serious and we are of the view that they do not warrant A-117 the benefit of the provisions of the Probation of Offenders Act, however, taking note of various aspects, we reduce the sentence to minimum period, viz., 6 years to 5 years. The appeal is disposed of on the above terms
Sanju, the film, vs. the reality
'Sanju' is a revelation in some parts and a flashback to documented reality in others. We decode how the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer reflects Sanjay Dutt's life.
WHAT THE MOVIE TELLS YOU ABOUT SANJAY DUTT THAT YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW
Sunil Dutt tells Sanjay to tackle his life's problems with the help of the 'Ustaad theory' - Listen to the songs of Majrooh Sultanpuri, Sahir Ludhianvi and Anand Bakshi.
A confrontation between Sanjay Dutt and his girlfriend Ruby (played by Sonam Kapoor Ahuja) shows how Dutt forced Ruby not to marry her fiancé. He asked her to come to the marriage registrar's office, but he himself never turned up.
Sanjay Dutt was on drugs the night Nargis Dutt passed away in the hospital.
Sanjay had a meltdown at the premiere of his debut film ' Rocky'. It was at the premiere that he told his father that he wanted to quit drugs.
Sanjay was asked to not sit in the front row with Sunil Dutt at a consulate event where Sunil Dutt was a chief guest. Sanjay wanted to read a speech for his father, telling him in front of everyone that he was his hero. However, Sanjay's speech was cancelled.
When Dutt escaped from rehab, he not only begged on the streets, but travelled for 12 days to a friend's place to borrow money for drugs.
Sanjay tried to commit suicide when in 2013 the Supreme Court dismissed his plea seeking review of its judgment upholding his conviction under the Arms Act and sentencing him to five years in jail in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. A renowned lawyer had asked Sanjay Dutt to turn approver and tell the police that he knew about blasts and he was involved in plotting.
WHAT 'SANJU' SHOWS THAT REFLECTS THE REALITY AS WE KNOW IT
Travelling to New York with drugs
What ‘Sanju’ shows: In the movie, Sanjay Dutt says, “Main 20g cocaine le kar travel kar raha tha. Main itna irresponsible tha ki 20 saal jail ya 20 gm cocaine, meri choice clear thi.”
What Sanjay Dutt said: After his release from the jail, when Sanjay Dutt made an appearance at the Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO) event in Delhi in 2016, he said, "I was already on drugs when my mother was being treated for cancer. ‘Rocky’ (his debut film) was being made, and I remember that I was so addicted to drugs that once I travelled with 1kg heroin hidden in my shoes. My two sisters were also with me on the same flight. At that time, checking at airports was not so strict. Today, when I think about the incident, I get scared. Main pakda jaata toh theek tha, but what about my sisters? Drugs do this to you. You don’t care about family or anything else.”
Acquitted of terror charges
What ‘Sanju’ shows: In the movie, Sanjay Dutt says, “Dad agar ek saal aur zinda rehte toh woh baat sun paate jiske liye unke kaan taras gaye thay - (Judge's voiceover) ‘Mr Sanjay Dutt, I want to go on record and say I do not find yourself to be a terrorist, but you are convicted under the Arms Act for six years’.”
What Sanjay Dutt said: In an interview with Delhi Times in 2010, Dutt said, "It was such a big… accusation. Being part of a terror activity? My God! When the judge said what you always wanted to hear. What your dad always wanted to hear - ‘You are acquitted of the terror charge’. That moment was the biggest, the greatest moment of relief in my life.”
'Fight till the last'
What ‘Sanju’ shows: In the movie, when Sanjay Dutt is thinking about committing suicide, his wife Manyata stops him and says, “Sanju, humne decide kiya tha na ki hum fight karenge?” When Sanju tells his friend that he’d rather die than go back to jail, his friend asks him to fight. The words ‘Fight, Fight, Fight' have been used as part of dialogues in several scenes across the film.
What Sanjay Dutt said: In an interview with Delhi Times in 2010, Dutt said, “I swear there were many moments when I wanted to just give up. Let it be. But I don’t know why, something used to tell me, ‘Don’t give it all up. Fight, fight till the last.’
The arrest at the airport
What ‘Sanju’ shows: When Sanjay Dutt is returning from Mauritius, Sunil Dutt informs the police commissioner about Sanjay’s arrival and gives him his flight details. As he lands at the Mumbai airport, he sees hundreds of policemen waiting for him.
What Sanjay Dutt said: At a 2016 YFLO event in Delhi, Dutt spoke about the time when he returned to Mumbai after completing shooting in Mauritius. “When I reached Bombay airport, tab woh purana wala airport tha, I was coming down from the stairs, and I saw 50,000 policemen pointing their guns at me as if I was Osama Bin Laden,” he said.
'I had taken every single drug'
What ‘Sanju’ shows: When his dad takes him to a rehab in the US, he is given a form to fill, in which he has to tick all the drugs he has used. He ends up ticking every drug on the list.
What Sanjay Dutt said: Speaking at the EEMA (Event and Entertainment Management Association) annual convention in Delhi in 2016, Sanjay said, “There are no drugs in the world that I have not done. When my father took me to America (for rehab), they gave me a list (of drugs) and I ticked every drug on it, because I had taken ALL of them.”
The Abu Salem connection and possession of AK-56
What ‘Sanju’ shows: In the movie, Sanjay narrates how he got the AK-56 rifle. He says that Abu Salem visited his home in January 1993 with Samir (Hingora) and Hanif (Kadawala), who were producers of his film. They had brought three AK-56 rifles with ammunition, and later he returned two with ammunition and kept one. The gun, he told police, was to protect his family, as they had received threats during the Mumbai riots that followed the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992. He had asked for police security, which was denied. And so, he kept an assault rifle for his family’s security.
After he heard of the Mumbai serial blasts and Samir Hingora and Hanif Kadawala’s arrest, he asked his friend Yusuf Nulwalla to destroy the rifle.
What Sanjay Dutt said: Talking about being charged for illegal possession of firearms, Sanjay said at the 2016 YFLO event in Delhi, “I love guns and I love hunting. I got into trouble for having a gun and at that time, there were riots going on. One of my producers asked me, ‘Tujhe bandook chahiye?’ Bandook sunn ke mere kaan khade ho gaye. I asked which gun? And he said AK-56. I thought I would take it to Khandala, thoda chala wala ke phek dunga. I kept it in the car dicky and forgot about it and went to Mauritius. When Priya called me, asking about it, I told a friend to get rid of it. He got rid of it, but the poor guy is still in jail.”
WHAT THE FILM DOESN'T SHOW
The film doesn’t explore how Abu Salem met Sanjay Dutt, or whether they were ever in touch with each other after the meeting involving the AK-56.
Apart from Bhandu dada, there is no mention of Sanjay’s connection with any other local gangster in the film.
The film doesn’t talk about Sanjay’s political connections.
His real-life friendships with Kumar Gaurav, Salman Khan, and others are not a part of the movie.
Even though Sanjay says that he had 350 girlfriends, the character played by Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is the only girlfriend shown in the film.
As an actor
1972 Reshma Aur Shera
1982 Johny I Love You
1983 Main Awara Hoon
1984 Mera Faisla
1984 Zameen Aasmaan
1985 Do Dilon Ki Dastaan
1985 Jaan Ki Baazi
1986 Mera Haque
1986 Sone Ka Pinjra (Video)
1987 Inaam Dus Hazaar
1987 Naam O Nishan
1988 Jeete Hain Shaan Se
1988 Khatron Ke Khiladi
1988 Mardon Wali Baat
1988 Mohabbat Ke Dushman
1989 Do Qaidi
1989 Hum Bhi Insaan Hain
1989 Kanoon Apna Apna
1990 Jeene Do
1991 Do Matwale
1991 Khoon Ka Karz
1991 Qurbani Rang Layegi
1992 Jeena Marna Tere Sang
1993 Khal Nayak
1994 Aatish: Feel the Fire
1994 Insaaf Apne Lahoo Se
1994 Zamane Se Kya Darna
1995 Jai Vikraanta
1997 Daud: Fun on the Run
1997 Mahaanta: The Film
1999 Daag: The Fire
1999 Haseena Maan Jaayegi
1999 Vaastav: The Reality
2000 Chal Mere Bhai
2000 Mission Kashmir
2000 Raju Chacha
2001 Jodi No.1
2002 Hathyar: Face to Face with Reality
2002 Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin
2002 Maine Dil Tujhko Diya
2002 Yeh Hai Jalwa
2003 Ek Aur Ek Gyarah: By Hook or by Crook
2003 LOC: Kargil
2003 Munnabhai M.B.B.S.
2004 Deewaar: Let's Bring Our Heroes Home
2005 Ek Ajnabee
2005 Shaadi No.1
2005 Tango Charlie
2005 Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!
2005 Viruddh... Family Comes First
2006 Anthony Kaun Hai?
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai
2006 Sarhad Paar
2006 Taxi No. 9211: Nau Do Gyarah
2007 Dus Kahaniyaan
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard
2007 Nehlle Pe Dehlla
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala
2008 C Kkompany
2008 EMI: Liya Hai To Chukana Padega
2008 Woodstock Villa
2009 All the Best: Fun Begins
2009 Kal Kissne Dekha
2009 Mr. Fraud
2010 Knock Out
2010 Lamhaa: The Untold Story of Kashmir
2010 Tees Maar Khan
2010 Toonpur Ka Superrhero
2010 No Problem
2011 Chatur Singh Two Star
2011 Desi Boyz
2011 Double Dhamaal
2012 Son of Sardaar
2013 Hum Hai Raahi CAR Ke
2013 Zila Ghaziabad
As a singer
1999 Haseena Maan Jaayegi
2002 Hathyar: Face to Face with Reality
2003 Munnabhai M.B.B.S.
2005 Ek Ajnabee
2005 Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai
2008 C Kkompany
2008 EMI: Liya Hai To Chukana Padega
2008 Woodstock Villa
As a producer
2007 Dus Kahaniyaan
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala