Mumbai: Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, in prison since May, has reached his Mumbai home after being granted 14 days of leave. He told the press today: “I’m a law abiding citizen. Want to spend this time peacefully with my family. The 53-year-old actor told jail officials he is unwell. Sanjay Dutt was sentenced in March by the Supreme Court to five years in prison in a case linked to the 1993 terror attack in Mumbai, in which 250 people died in serial bombings. He was convicted for possession of an automatic rifle and a pistol that were supplied to him by men subsequently convicted for the bomb blasts.
The Supreme Court reduced his prison sentence to five years from the six-year term initially handed down. The actor had served 18 months in jail before being released on bail in 2007 pending an appeal, so he was ordered to spend the next 3 1/2 years behind bars. Sanjay Dutt had earlier been acquitted of the more serious charges of terrorism and conspiracy. The 1993 bombings were seen at the time as the world’s worst terrorist attack, with 13 bombs exploding over a two-hour period across Mumbai. Powerful explosives were packed into cars and scooters parked near India’s main Bombay Stock Exchange and other sites in the city. Apart from the 257 dead, more than 720 people were injured in the attack.