Justice Katju seeks pardon for Sanjay Dutt Asserting that he does not question the SC verdict, Katju said that the actor was not a terrorist do you think our sanjay dutt will be forgiven ?
Justice Katju, who sought pardon for Dutt under Article 161 of the Constitution, said the actor had not been found guilty of playing a role in the 1993 blasts and had suffered a lot.
He said the Supreme Court found that Sanjay Dutt had in his possession a prohibited weapon without a licence and awarded him the minimum imprisonment prescribed under law.
Justice Katju said the power of pardon under Article 161 of the Constitution is different from judicial power as the Governor or the President can grant pardon or reduce the sentence of the court even if a minimum punishment is prescribed.
"There is no doubt that the Governor can grant pardon or reduce the sentence. In the case of Commander Nanavati, who was held guilty of murder, the Governor gave him pardon although the minimum s ...more
Katju also said, "Sanjay Dutt has already suffered, he has faced imprisonment. He could not go abroad many times, had to take permissions every time. He has a family, 2 small children. He has done some good things like spreading Gandhian philosophy through his film 'Munnabhai MBBS'. His parents have done social service. I am not going on judicial side, I am going on the side of pardon where the reasons are different."
Justice Katju stood by his demand ...more
But govt might show some leniency to Dutt keeping in mind the vote bank