The Sanjay Dutt saga appears to have reached the climax with the actor set to surrender as per the Supreme Court verdict in the 1993 Bombay blasts case. The reel-life khalnayak’s underworld connections have come to haunt him once again with the apex court deciding not to take a lenient view of his criminal aberrations. It is a fairly open-and-shut case.
But considering Sanjay Dutt’s celebrity status, his prison term will continue to hog the limelight. Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju has already sounded the bugle appealing to the President to pardon the Bollywood star. With many from the film fraternity and the political class joining the chorus, it appears that fame and recognition decide the fate of a wrongdoer even after his conviction is upheld by the highest court of the land.
The Sanjay Dutt issue has taken a new turn with the actor clearly saying he has not applied for pardon. Justice Katju should drop his plan to appeal on behalf of Sanjay and Zaibunnisa to the President. The media too should leave Sanjay Dutt alone as he is in depression and needs to fulfil his commitments in a short time. It requires great courage to face the camera with such a heavy heart. Our sympathies are with Sanjay Dutt. But one is bound by the law.
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