Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sanjay Dutt relesed on bail.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted and sentenced to six-year imprisonment in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case. It also gave bail to 16 others, sentenced to imprisonment for different periods by the Mumbai TADA court.

In granting bail, a Bench, comprising Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justices R.V. Raveendran and J.M. Panchal, took into consideration the nature of offence and charges and the sentence served by the convicts/appellants.

The court, however, declined grant of bail to six of the 25 appellants, who were awarded life imprisonment for conspiracy and other serious charges, and to one convict, who was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment. The Bench posted the seven appeals to January 2008.

In respect of Kersi Bapuji Adajania, who was awarded two-year imprisonment under the Arms Act, the court directed him to surrender and then seek bail.

Though Customs officer Somnath Thapa was awarded life imprisonment, the Bench granted him bail for one year on medical grounds. It was submitted that as he was suffering from an advanced stage of lung cancer, he required continuous treatment in a Mumbai hospital.

Furnish bond

The Bench said all those granted bail should furnish a bond subject to the satisfaction of the Special TADA Court. They should surrender their passports and for travel abroad, they must seek permission from the TADA court.

They should also report to the Special Task Force of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Mumbai, once in three months.

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