Actor Sanjay Dutt is feeling “suffocated” in his egg-shaped, high-security ‘Anda’ cell at Arthur Road Central Prison, which is normally used to lodge terror suspects and hardcore criminals, and has pleaded with a TADA court to shift him to another cell.

Rizwan Merchant, counsel for Dutt, made an oral plea, saying “the actor felt suffocated owing to insufficient ventilation.” Normally, terrorists or hardcore criminals were kept in the cell to segregate them from other prisoners. Dutt had not been convicted under the TADA and was not a terrorist. He was convicted under the Arms Act, so he should not be lodged in the cell, he pleaded.

Designated Judge G A Sanap asked him to move a written application in this regard so that he would pass an order after hearing the prosecution.