Sanjay Dutt goes to jail
Today Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment by The Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court. He was expected to get 5-10 years as he was convicted last year in November of buying arms from terrorists. He could have got maximum of 10 years for his deeds, but he is getting only six.
He was young then and brash, but he was an adult and hobnobbing with the underworld. Therefore the judge turned down the request for parole. I had written a fairly detailed post on this in January this year. Quoting from it:
The court has extended his bail to February 6th. But he isn’t happy. He wants to go on parole…like forever stay out of jail for what he did. Which was to buy dangerous weapons from dangerous people. He could get 5-10 years in jail under the Arms Act, but he has appealed under section 4 of the Probation of Offenders Act. This Act allows offenders to be released on a bond of assurance of good conduct for a period not less than three years.
Well, this plea was rejected. Even though Sanjay was deemed innocent of acts of terrorism, he was guilty of buying arms from terrorists. In this same post I had written about the public sympathy for Sanjay and had said:
However, if you ask me, I doubt that Sanjay will go to prison for five years. Even if the courts indict him now…ways and means will be found to get him off later. That’s the kind of ‘faith’ I have in our legal system! And in this case, I might even be glad.
I don’t know whether this will happen…for now at least Sanjay goes to jail. He will have to abide by the laws of our country which say that if you buy arms from terrorists you could get 10 years in jail.
True, I feel some sympathy for him (seeing his haggard, suffering face) but the fact is that I cannot see any logic in the outburst of the film industry. On CNN IBN film people were ranting about why aren’t other people who buy assault weapons from the underworld (like politicians and other rich brats) going to jail? Why Sanjay?
Well, I can never agree with people who say things like ‘Why catch me, catch him!’ If we followed this logic no one would go to jail!
So while I feel sorry for the guy as he is not a killer or a terrorist and nor do I believe that he knew that these guys were going to bomb Mumbai plus I believe the guy has reformed himself…the fact is that I do not believe that he should be excused because he is a celebrity or because others who do the same thing are roaming free.
The law is the law. If Sanjay gets off early for good behavior, well and good.
Related Reading: Read more about the Sanjay Dutt case here.