Breaking down repeatedly, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been ordered by the Supreme Court to return to jail in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, on Thursday said he is not seeking any pardon and will surrender within the stipulated deadline.
Amid a growing clamour for his clemency, an emotional 53-year-old Dutt broke his silence after the Apex Court upheld his conviction under the Arms Act on March 21 and gave him four weeks time to surrender.
“All I can tell you is I have not applied for pardon,” said Dutt with sister and Congress MP Priya Dutt by his side at his brief media interaction.
“There are many other people who deserve pardon. I want to tell with folded hands to the media, the honourable citizens of the country that when I am not going for pardon then there can be no debate about it,” said Dutt.
“The honourable Supreme Court has given me time to surrender and I will surrender in that time,” he said.
As Dutt has already served 18 months in jail, he would have to undergo imprisonment for three-and-a-half-years.
'I am shattered'
“I am shattered and this is the tough time in my life. With folded hands I request the media and citizens let me be at peace,” he said.
“I love my country and its citizens. I love India,” he said.