March 22, 2013
Sanjay Dutt Sent back to Jail
Dutt, 53, popular for his role as a do-good gangster in the “Munnabhai” films, was sentenced to six years prison in 2007 for acquiring illegal weapons from the men convicted for the Mumbai attacks that killed 257 people.But he appealed against the sentence and was released on bail, pending a further hearing.From Filmmakers to actors, everyone took to Twitter to share their views on the conviction.
“I am heartbroken because today along with me, my 3 children and my wife and my family will undergo the punishment,” Dutt said in a statement.”I know in my heart that I have always been a good human being, respected the system and always been loyal to my country.”His lawyer Satish Maneshinde told reporters that the length of sentence had come as a shock to Dutt who has continued to make a long list of films despite the legal action against him.”We will wait for a copy of the Supreme Court judgment and then decide the further course of action. He is a strong man and will fight back,” he said, adding that his client would need to serve 3.5 years as he had already been in jail for 18 months.
The filmstars used twitter to express thier support Mahesh Bhatt: Heart Broken. Just heard that Sanjay Dutt has to go to jail for five years. I expected mercy! Alas, it did not happen.
Kunal Kohli: The real planners of the 1993 blasts are sitting safely in Pakistan. Till they are brought to book, justice will not be served. The 1993 blast case should not be made about Sanjay Dutt.
Karan Johar: I am truly shattered to hear of Sanju’s sentence… the nicest guy I have known just doesn’t deserve this. My heart goes out to him.
Arshad Warsi: I am numb, I don’t know what to say. Sanjay Dutt is not a criminal. This is too harsh a decision.
Vishal Dadlani: I stand with Sanjay Dutt, always will. He’s my brother. He made mistakes, but he’s served more than his time, in terms of mental stress. I am not contesting or denying the law, but it breaks my heart that he has to face this. He has done so much, so selflessly for so many! When I barely knew him, I needed some personal help in a family matter. I just asked, and Sanjay went above and beyond duty to help. I’m not denying the law. But am I not allowed to feel sad for a friend?
Shekhar Ravijani: He’s the most loved person in the business. One of the nicest people I know. Man with a big heart. My brother. I am with Sanjay Dutt.
Ashish Chowdhry: There are bad guys, there are nice guys. Sanjay Dutt most definitely is the latter. By far he’s the kindest and nicest guy I know. I’m really sad.
Aftab Shivdasani: Sad to know the verdict on Sanjay Dutt, my heart goes out to him and his family. He was a fighter, is one and will always be one.
Dabboo Ratnani: Shattered to hear about Sanjay Dutt. Love him. He is like my elder brother and has a pure heart of gold. God give him strength.
Dutt said in his statement that he was going to complete all his films and not let anyone down.The actor is currently shooting for a new film “Policegiri” and was due to reprise his role in a third “Munnabhai” film later this year.