Sanjay Dutt moves SC to allow him to contest elections

March 5th, 2009 - 3:18 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 5 (ANI): Bollywood actor-turned-politician Sanjay Dutt, who was named by the Samajwadi Party as its candidate for the forthcoming general elections, on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking a stay on his conviction under the Arms Act in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
Dutt can only contest the Lok Sabha polls if he gets a stay.
The petition was filed on Thursday morning and will be mentioned in the apex court on Friday for early hearing.
Earlier, defence counsel V R Manohar, who represented Dutt in the case, said he cannot contest unless the Supreme Court stays the conviction and suspends the sentence.
Under the Representation of the People Act, anyone sentenced to more than two years” imprisonment is barred from contesting elections till a court of law stays the conviction and sentence.
On November 27, 2007, Dutt was granted bail by the apex court. He is out on merely on bail following his conviction in the blasts case. So his conviction stands. On July 31, 2007, he was sentenced to a jail term of six years for illegal possession of firearms acquired from terrorist acquaintances, who were responsible for the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.
He was, however, “cleared of terrorism conspiracy charges in the blasts.” (ANI)

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