Mumbai: I am not a terrorist: Sanjay Dutt after coming out of jail

Mumbai (PTI): Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was released from prison this morning, stated that he is not a terrorist and wants to leave behind the bitter memories of being convicted in connection with the 1993 serial blasts case.

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“I am not a terrorist. I have been acquitted of charges under TADA and conspiracy. The Supreme Court had also acquitted me under (IPC) section 120-B of conspiracy and TADA. I got the sentence under the Arms Act,” the 56-year-old actor said, addressing the media after returning to his home in suburban Bandra here.

“I request the media that whenever they write or mention anything about me, don’t write 1993 blasts case before my name… I’m not into it,” Dutt said.

The “Munnabhai” fame actor, who walked a free man today out of the prison, said, “For 23 years I have been waiting for this moment… for freedom. I did everything (followed the law). It’s a feeling that will take a while to sink in.

“I miss my father (Sunil Dutt) today. I wish he was alive to see this day…if he would have been (alive), he would have been the happiest person,” he said.

After landing in Mumbai, the 56-year-old actor visited the Siddhivinayak temple and his mother Nargis Dutt’s grave. “She (Dutt’s mother) passed away when we were very small. I went to seek her blessings as I am a free man today,” he said.

Soon after stepping out of the Yerawada prison near Pune where he had been lodged since 2013, Sanjay kissed the earth. “I love my dharti maa…I am born here, I’m proud to be an Indian,” he stressed.

When asked about Justice P D Kode having absolved him of the terror tag and conspiracy in the blasts case, he said, “The court had said I am not a terrorist. That was a big thing. I wish my father was alive to hear this. Even the Supreme Court had endorsed it.”

On the criticism over he being granted remission and the furloughs availed by him while serving the sentence, Dutt said, “It’s a misconception (that he got preferential treatment for leaves). It has nothing to do with me being a celebrity as I was also not allowed to do many things. May be, it (celebrity status) went against me.”

When asked how was his last day in jail yesterday, the actor said he did not sleep and he even did not have food for the last four days. “I was like I will be out of jail…not come here again (jail).”

Sanjay Dutt released after serving jail sentence

Pune (IANS) Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt finally walked out a free man from the Yerwada Central Jail here on Thursday morning after serving a 42-month prison-term.

He was sentenced to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment for illegal possession of arms during the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

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Arrested in 1993, Dutt had already served 18 months as an undertrial and then returned to jail in May 2013 to serve the remaining 42 months of his sentence.

Sanjay Dutt released after serving jail sentence

Pune, Feb 25 (IANS) Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt finally walked out a free man from the Yerwada Central Jail here on Thursday after serving a 42-month prison-term.

Present to receive him outside the jail amidst tight security were his wife Manyata and their children, sister and former MP Priya Dutt and her family, film director Rajkumar Hirani, thousands of fans, a huge media contingent from across India and abroad.

Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment for illegal possession of arms during the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. Arrested in 1993, he had already served 18 months as an undertrial and then returned to jail in May 2013 to serve the remaining 42 months of his sentence.

Shortly after he walked out, the actor drove to Pune airport to board a chartered plane to Mumbai.

Once in Mumbai, he will proceed straight to the famed Siddhi Vinayak temple to offer prayers.

Then he will visit the Bada Kabrastan in Marine Lines and pray at the grave of his mother the late actress Nargis Dutt.

He is scheduled to interact with the media later in the day.

Sanjay Dutt released after serving jail sentence

Pune (Maharashtra), Feb 25 (IANS) Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt finally walked out a free man after serving his jail-term from the Yerwada Central Jail (YCJ) here on Thursday morning. He said there’s no easy walk to freedom.

He was sentenced to undergo five years’ rigorous imprisonment for illegal possession of arms during the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

Arrested in 1993, Dutt had already served 18 months as an undertrial and then returned to jail in May 2013 to serve the remainder of his sentence.

He walked out of the blue-yellow painted YCJ gates carrying a huge bag of his personal belongings and a plastic bag of files and papers.

Near the main gate, sporting a dark blue shirt and jeans, Dutt put the bag down, turned around and saluted the Indian tricolor fluttering atop the jail building where he spent a momentous part of his life.

Earlier, he thanked the police and jail staff but they took care not ro get too close or helpful with the actor, and let him lug his own bulky bag as he walked to the barricades near his waiting car.

Present to receive him outside the YCJ were his wife Manyata aand their children, sister and ex-MP Priya Dutt and her family, filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, his lawyers, thousands of fans and a huge media contingent from across India and abroad.

Shortly after he walked out of the YCJ, he drove to Pune Airport at Lohegaon to board a chartered plane to Mumbai.

There, he spoke to the media and credited his fans for their unending support.

He said: “I am here because of their (fans’) support. And there is no easy road to freedom, my friends.”

From the Mumbai Airport, Dutt will proceed straight to the famed Siddhhi Vinayak Temple in Dadar west to offer thankgiving prayers.

Then he will go to the Bada Kabrastan in south Mumbai and pray at the grave of his mother the late actress Nargis Dutt who died of cancer.

After this, Dutt will go to his Bandra home, for his permanent ‘ghar wapasi’, meet his family and friends and is expected to interact with media in the afternoon.

His sister Priya was asked if Sanjay is considering a move into politics?

She said: “I hope not… He is too simple a person… Politics has reached different levels. Hope he remains happy. He is looking forward to coming back to work. He was uncertain… (about his film career).”

The actor is yet to zero in on the new films that he will be working on.

Hirani, who has worked with Dutt in the “Munnabhai” series, said in a video: “We are happy that Sanju is coming back… He has served his term, and will come back and play his second innings. Indians are famous for scoring in their second innings. I am sure he is going to come and rock. I look forward to work on his biopic and also to start ‘Munnabhai 3’ very soon with him.”

1 Comment

  1. ” I look forward to work on his biopic and also to start ‘Munnabhai 3’ very soon with him” – Report on a convicted criminal recently released from prison.

    Great!! Media can finally start covering more important topics like Munnabhai-3 and what did he eat for his dinner after release etc!! Let’s not waste any time talking about JNU incident or someone openly offering a huge amount of money for beheading a Hindu leader!! They are all irrelevant and insignificant. After all, in a third-world country, why would we expect media to be different?

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