Amar, Jaya Prada to meet Maha Guv to seek pardon for Dutt
Posted on: 07:34 PM IST Mar 25, 2013
Mumbai: Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and Lok Sabha MP from Rampur Jaya Prada have sought an appointment with Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan on Tuesday, apparently to seek pardon for actor Sanjay Dutt.
Dutt, who has already spent 18 months in jail, was on Thursday sentenced to five years imprisonment in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
A Raj Bhawan spokesperson said, "Amar Singh and Jaya Prada have sought appointment with the Governor on the Sanjay Dutt issue on Tuesday." The meeting may take place at 6:45 pm on Tuesday, he said.
Amar Singh has been close to Dutt and was his mentor when the actor briefly dabbled in politics.
Earlier, several celebrities including Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju and actor-turned-politicians Jaya Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha had sought pardon for Dutt.
"He (Dutt) has already been punished enough. Twenty years is almost like life imprisonment. I am going to personally meet the Governor," Bachchan had told reporters outside Parliament House recently.
Sinha had joined Katju in appealing to the Maharashtra Governor to pardon Dutt after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
In a statement on Thursday, Katju had sought pardon for Dutt under Article 161 of the Constitution saying that he had not been found guilty of having played a role in the 1993 blasts and had suffered a lot.