News: Popular Indian actor Sanjay Dutt sentenced to five years in prison

A court in India today Thursday March 21st

sentenced Bollywood top actor and host of India's

version of the Big Brother reality-television

franchise, Sanjay Dutt, to five years in jail for the

illegal possession of firearms in a case connected

to a series of bomb blasts that ripped through

Mumbai and were one of the deadliest terror

attacks in the country.

Mr. Dutt was sentenced to six years in prison in

2007 for illegal possession of weapons that were

supplied to him by men subsequently convicted in

the bombing.


That court cleared Mr. Dutt of involvement with the bombing plot. He has denied involvement with the attacks and said he asked for the guns to protect his family.

He appealed the decision at the Supreme Court and

was let out on bail in 2007. He has remained at

liberty since then until today. The court reduced his

sentence to five years but said the circumstances

and nature of offense was so serious that Mr. Dutt

cannot be released on probation. Mr. Dutt, 53 years

old, already has spent a cumulative 18 months in

jail on related charges

.

Mr. Dutt will have to surrender within four weeks to

serve the sentence, the court said.

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