Sanjay Dutt denies any relation with Dawood Ibrahim

Actor Sanjay Dutt has told the Supreme Court that he has no relation with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Appearing on behalf of Sanjay, senior advocate Harish Salve, quoted the actors statement as, “I have only attended a dinner at Dawood's house along with two film producers which was before the blast. Other than that I do not have any relationship.” The hearing was held on Tuesday by a bench of justices P Sathasivam and B S Chauhan to hear the appeal against his conviction and imprisonment of six years. The hearing was commenced on November 11.

The queries were made after Sanjay Dutt had said in his confessional statement that he had attended a party organized by the don in Dubai.

The case started in 1993. Sanjay Dutt was arrested under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA). It was due to his interactions with underworld people, who carried out the Mumbai blast and illegal possession of weapons. He had to spend 16 months in jail and was granted bail in October 1995 by the Supreme Court. He was again arrested in December the same year and re-released in 1997 on bail. In 2006 the case was re-opened and he had to spend further seven months in jail at Arthur Road Prison. In 2006, however he was acquitted of the charges under TADA, but the Arms act offences were still there.   

When asked about the relation between Sanjay, the weapons he possessed and the 1993 Mumbai blast. His counsel said, “He had nothing to do with it (the 1993 Mumbai blasts) before, during and after the blasts.” Further clarifying on his conviction of possessing weapons under the Arms act and the blasts, he said, “Crime has many facets. A crime is under Indian Penal Code but aimed to awe the society.” Mr. Salve said that Sr. Dutt had helped a lot of Muslims during the riots of 1992, after the Babri masjid demolition. Some people were irked at him for this. Hence Sanjay had kept those weapons for his family’s protection.

The TADA act has now been repealed. Mr. Salve said there appears a serious ‘disconnect’ between someone possessing arms and then being arrested under TADA for criminal conspiracy.

Sanjay was charged with also meeting Tiger Memon and Samir Hingora, the two accused in the blast. His counsel denied it and said what the other accused have said appears to be contradictory.