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dutt_1363847508Sanjay Dutt has been sentenced to a 5-year jail term under the case of illegal possession of arms in the 193 Mumbai blasts case. A little over 5 years back in 2007, Sanjay Dutt was cleared of the conspiracy charges in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, but was found guilty of illegal possession of an automatic rifle and a pistol. Since this case was still under the Supreme Court Dutt was granted bail, and has been out since then. Now he needs to surrender within a month and complete the sentence term (he has already served 18 months in jail earlier). Though this a sad news for all his fans, but as an Indian I am proud that the supreme court is playing its role well and even prosecuting high profile people. Though the time frame can be a topic for debate as it has been nearly 20 years since those blasts took place, but as we say better late than never, it is good that criminals like Yakub Menon have been given death sentence. This does raise a little hope in the judicial system of India.

The complete news articles are as follows:

1993 Mumbai blasts: Five-year jail term for Sanjay Dutt

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and sentenced him to five years imprisonment. Dutt, who has already served 18 months of his term in prison, has four weeks to surrender.

The Supreme Court today also dismissed 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Yakub Memon’s appeal against his death sentence even as it reduced the punishment of 10 other accused to life imprisonment from death sentence considering the fact that they have spent 20 years in jail. It also upheld life sentences awarded to 17 others.

The apex court said there is no case for probation to Dutt because of the gravity of the crime. Dutt can file a review petition.

Dutt, who was convicted under the Arms Act for illegally possessing weapons, had been awarded six years imprisonment by the TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court.

However, the apex court reduced the sentence from six years to five years. This effectively means that Dutt will be in jail for three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months imprisonment.

“He will have to serve another three-and-a-half year sentence. We had prepared him for the same,” Dutt’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde told reporters.

“We will wait for a copy of the Supreme Court judgement and then decide the further course of action,” he said. “He is a strong man and will fight back.”

In 2007, Dutt was cleared of conspiracy charges in the Mumbai serial blasts but was found guilty of illegal possession of an automatic rifle and a pistol.

The actor was the most high-profile among 100 people found guilty in the bombings trial. The 1993 Mumbai attacks were ordered by India’s most wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim, police say.

The court also came down heavily on Mumbai police and customs officers at all levels. But for their wrong actions the 1993 bombings could have been avoided.

A TADA court had in 1993 awarded death sentence to 12 people, including Memon. One of them has passed away. The court had also sentenced 20 to life imprisonment and 46 others, including Dutt, were given varying terms of imprisonment.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had faced flak for not challenging the TADA court verdict acquitting Sanjay Dutt of charges under the TADA but convicting him under the Arms Act and sentencing him to six years imprisonment.

However, in the course of the hearing of his appeal, the CBI had opposed the actor’s plea challenging his conviction and sentencing.

For a man who reportedly took to drugs in high school, hobnobbed with India’s most-wanted criminals and whose private life constantly made headlines, Dutt retains the sympathy of the industry and millions of fans who see him as a victim of his star lineage and own fame.

Dutt is the son of actor and former Congress minister late Sunil Dutt. His sister Priya is a Congress MP in the Lok Sabha. Their mother, late Nargis, had also been a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha.

Dutt married longtime girlfriend Manyata in February 2008 and became a father to twins two years later. He has a daughter Trishala from his first marriage.

Through all his troubled years, Dutt managed to stay relevant in Bollywood, with his biggest hits being the two-series Munnabhai films in which he played a funny, do-gooder gangster.

Dutt wasn’t present in the court and was represented by his sister Priya.

A series of 13 car bomb blasts had ripped through Mumbai on March 12, 1993, resulting in the death of 257 people and injuries to 713. The locations that were targeted included fisherman’s colony in Mahim Causeway, Zaveri Bazaar, Plaza Cinema, Century Bazaar, Katha Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Sahar Airport, Air India building, Hotel Juhu Centaur, the Bombay Stock Exchange Building and the Passport Office.

Not linked to 1993 blasts: Dutt

In August 2012, Dutt told the Supreme Court that his offence of possessing a rifle and ammunition was not linked to the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.

Appearing for the actor, senior counsel Harish Salve told the apex court bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice B.S. Chauhan that he came to possess the weapon in September 1992 when his father Sunil Dutt and sisters were facing threats as the senior Dutt’s help to Muslim victims annoyed some.

Salve said that the only caveat in putting Sanjay Dutt to trial under an anti-terror law was if there was any “inextricable linkage” between his possessing arms with the serial bomb blasts.

He said that this was the least common denominator that could be used for seeing any such linkage. He said that there was no linkage between Dutt possessing a rifle and the 1993 bomb blasts.

The court was told that Dutt had never met blasts accused Tiger Memon and all that he knew about him was hearsay from Samir Hingora in whose under-production film “Sanam” he was playing a role.

The senior counsel told this to the apex court hearing Dutt’s appeal challenging his conviction under the Arms act and sentence of six years awarded to him. The actor’s appeal challenging his conviction was being heard by the apex court.

As Salve commenced the arguments, the court pointed out that there were objections that the “CBI filed appeal against all making an exception for Sanjay Dutt”.

The court was apparently referring to senior counsel Jaspal Singh casting shadows on the impartiality of the CBI by not appealing against the TADA court verdict in Dutt’s case.

Jaspal Singh, who appeared for accused Yakub Memon, said that the CBI did not oppose the bail of Dutt who had confessed his guilt and weapons were recovered from him. (With agency inputs) ..”

1993 Mumbai blasts: SC upholds Yakub Memon’s death sentence

“The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and commuted the death sentence of 10 others. The apex court also upheld the conviction of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt under the Arms Act in the terror attack and sent him to five years in prison.

However, the apex court reduced the sentence from six years to five years. This effectively means that Dutt will be in jail for three years and six months as he has already undergone 18 months imprisonment.

While confirming the death sentence of Yakub Memon, the bench of Justices P. Sathasivam and B.S. Chauhan said he and other members of the Memon family had played a predominant role in the execution of the conspiracy that led to 13 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai on March 12, 1993, claiming 257 lives and leaving 713 injured.

While commuting the death sentence of the 10 other convicts to life imprisonment, the court said that they were mere subservients in the execution of the conspiracy.

The humble and underprivileged background of these 10 accused, who were mere instruments in the hands of “principal perpetrators”, were counted as mitigating circumstances by the court.

The court said that if Memons were the archers of the conspiracy these 10 were just arrows. The judges also slammed Pakistan for aiding and abetting the acts of terrorism in infringement of international obligation as a member of United Nations.

The court also came down heavily on Mumbai police and customs officers at all levels. But for their wrong actions the 1993 bombings could have been avoided.

A TADA court had in 1993 awarded death sentence to 12 people, including Memon. One of them has passed away. The court had also sentenced 20 to life imprisonment and 46 others, including Sanjay Dutt, were given varying terms of imprisonment.

An anti-terror TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court had in 1993 awarded death sentence to 12 people, including Memon. One of them has passed away.

A series of 13 car bomb blasts had ripped through Mumbai on March 12, 1993, resulting in the death of 257 people and injuries to 713. The locations that were targeted included fisherman’s colony in Mahim Causeway, Zaveri Bazaar, Plaza Cinema, Century Bazaar, Katha Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Sahar Airport, Air India building, Hotel Juhu Centaur, the Bombay Stock Exchange Building and the Passport Office.

The TADA court trial court of Justice P.D. Kode had commenced the trial on November 4, 1993, and pronounced its 4,230-page verdict on July 31, 2007.

The bombings, police say, were carried out at the behest of gangster Dawood Ibrahim to avenge the destruction of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and subsequent riots in which many Muslims were killed. A special anti-terrorism court had convicted 100 people in the attacks. (With agency inputs) ..”


I was reading an article on Yahoo relating to the Delhi Rape case, and I am was really shocked at some of the comments passed by the lawyer of the accused. Here is the complete article:

“”The five persons accused of gang-raping and killing of a 23-year-old Delhi girl in a moving bus have got lawyers to defend them.

All the accused also assaulted her 28-year-old male friend. Both were thrown out of the bus after around 40 minutes, battered, naked, bleeding and shivering. The lady’s friend will be the main witness in the case.

Meanwhile, a lawyer who volunteered to defend one of the six accused, Mukesh, brother of the main accused Ram Singh, said the victim and her friend were responsible for the assault.

Manohar Lal Sharma, a 56-year-old Supreme Court advocate, said the victim’s friend was responsible for the attack as the couple should not have ventured out on the streets at night.

He further went on to say that he never heard of a respectable woman being raped in the country.

Speaking to The Independent, Manohar said: ‘I have not seen a single incident or example of rape with a respected lady. Even an underworld don would not like to touch a girl with respect.’

Blaming the victim’s friend, Manohar told The New York Times: ‘This all happened because of the lust of the boy. This is the boy who should be hanged. He’s responsible for everything. He should be punished.’

In an interview with Bloomberg, Manohar was quoted saying that he was ‘confident that the men will be proved innocent because there are a number of problems with the police investigation.’

“We will plead not guilty. We want this to go to trial,” Manohar told Reuters.

“We are only hearing what the police are saying. This is manipulated evidence. It’s all on the basis of hearsay and presumption.”

Manohar said the police had rushed through the investigation against the five men even when they were not ready with the key detail of the age of the sixth member of the group, who lured the woman and a male friend into the bus and, according to leaked accounts, was the most brutal in the attack.

“When you have not even established the age of this person, how can you go to court bringing the charges against the others, and say your investigations are complete,” Sharma said.

“We all know how police investigations are carried out in India.”

Manohar also accused that Mukesh was being brutality tortured in police custody.

Sharma said police had sexually assaulted his client with a stick and humiliated him. “They urinated in his mouth, they did all kinds of things to him. He is facing the same torture now from the jail inmates,” he said.

Lawyer VK Anand is representing the main accused Ram Singh, ML Sharma is defending Mukesh, AP Singh is representing Akshay alias Thakur and Vinay Sharma, while the fifth accused Pawan Gupta will be represented by counsel Vivek Sharma.

The sixth accused is a juvenile and his case is being heard by a Juvenile Justice Board.

The police have charged the five under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.”

I really don’t understand how can an advocate pass such comments. I am fine with him pointing the flaws in the system, and the process that are followed in the investigations done by police department. Even his raising the points of the accused being tortured in the prison during investigation are valid to be raised (though one would say that these guys deserved for what they did) as these accused are not declared guilty by court as yet, and if we want/expect the overall system to be good, then we need the judgement to come out from the judge and whatever punishment is given, must be carried out.

But how on earth did he get the courage, the brains to speak a comment like “never heard of a respectable woman being raped“. I don’t know what exactly was thinking of when he spoke these words. These words are probably trying to disgrace the entire womankind. And this coming from an advocate, who must have said that in front of a judge in a courtroom, is actually a disgrace for the entire nation. I know he has to do a very tough job of defending these accused, but still how can one actually come up with such a statement. I know we have the right and freedom to speak, but we cannot really pass such comments. I would request Mr. Manohar Lal Sharma to please appologise for your statement in public if you do not want a public outrage against you. All I can say to Mr. Sharma is that the people whom you are defending have done an unpardonable crime, but even you are not much behind by giving such a statement.

And by saying another of his statement where he was asking the victim’s friend to be hanged, he has surely cracked the joke of the year, and probably even of the century. I must say this person is pretty humrous in nature. I don’t know why is he wasting his talent in courtrooms, he should appear in laughter shows on television. I am sure he would have more such humrous one-liners to speak.

I am really disappointed by reading that article, and that is why I had to write about it here. And my disappointment was more because, I too was in favour of a court trial to take place as these accused had the right to face the trial, defend themselves. In fact initally when I got to know of advocates coming ahead to defend them, I really admired the people for doing what was correct for the judicial system as a whole. But with such comments I am left shocked. All I can say is that I have always been proud of our country’s pledge all along where we said “All Indians are my brothers and sisters”, and today I am disgusted saying this line again thinking of these accused and largely thinking of you. Those people attacked just one girl, you have attacked all the women of the country. If I have to put it in your own words, you are the more “respectable” person than the accused, and this is what was not expected from you. All we expected from you was to fight for these accused with dignity, and not by getting down to their level.

I really don’t know if this is another of those cases that will go on and on, and Mr. Sharma has really done well in extending the case so far, but I don’t mind (though I would really be unhappy), if he can delay the judgement by coming out with good points in defence, but all I can hope is that he fights the case with a lot more social sensibility.

There has been a certain outburst in public ever since the news of the Delhi Rape case has come to limelight. There have been various marches all across the country asking for justice for the victim and the accused to be given capital punishment. The media has been on the move as well trying to highlight the loopholes in the security during the dark in the country and especially in the capital.

Now, I really don’t know what to say about all this, as I have a lot of mixed feelings seeing at the case. I definitely feel sorry for the victim, and to a large extent feel kind of ashamed of belonging to the NCR region where this case has happened. I always was proud ad maybe I still am proud saying that I belong to Delhi, calling it as “Dillwalo ki Dilli” but such cases really put a big question mark I front of me. And the worst thing is that I can’t do anything about this, just stay quiet and wait and watch of what happens to the case, and during this time all I can do is feel sad for the victim, that’s it.

People say make your voice be heard and make a difference. I am not sure whether this statement holds true. There have been people on the streets demanding justice, but what has it resulted to? The last time people came on streets country wide to support Anna Hazare what difference did it make to the government and the judicial system? Probably nothing, except for making Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal household names countrywide. Again people are coming out in support of this young victim demanding capital punishment for the accused, but will this make a difference, especially in the judicial system? I am not really sure about this?

I believe, already many people like me have already lost faith in the judicial system of India. How can one justify Kasab getting hanged just a couple of days before his fourth anniversary in India, when there were clear evidences in the form of video footages and the result should not have taken more than a couple of months. Another such case was that of Jessica Lal, when the Supreme Court finally confirmed the accused guilty well 11 years after the killing had taken place. And this murder did not happen in solitude, but happened in front of as many as 32 witnesses, but still it took 11 years to finally convict accused, who for all those 11 years was enjoying a decent life. And what about Sonali Mukherjee, acid was thrown on her face and what has happened to the prime accused? They are living a comfortable life for the past 9 years. In the meanwhile all Sonali could do is fight and after seeing her  patience broken during this long period she has asked for euthanasia, as now she cannot bear her medication both financially and mentally. India is a developing country, and we all are talking about it becoming a developed country soon, but with such a weak judicial system that plays a huge role in the society, I think a dream of becoming a developed country might remain as a dream only.

Again, would giving capital punishment to the accused be correct justice to the victim who is currently battling for her life, and if she survives, she might have to live with the trauma all her life. What is really justice for her? Would giving capital punishment to these people give her the life back which she was dreaming of a week earlier? I don’t think so. People have also come out as giving chemical castration as a punishment to the people who commit such a heinous crime.

All, I want to say is by giving these accused the capital punishment or chemical castration would this crime stop in the country? That is where I think a change needs to me brought about in the levels of thinking, upbringing of the people in the country and a major revamp is required in the laws against crime. These days people who are slightly powerful, in financial terms and politically are not afraid to commit such crimes as they are very confident that either they would never be caught or even if they are, they would not be convicted as the conviction rate in the country is too low, and especially against powerful people it is negligible. The thought that prevails in the mind of the people that they could get away with such heinous crimes is one thing that needs to be eradicated. No country is perfect, there are crimes committed everyone across the globe, but the difference lies in the judicial system, in the rate of the number of cases being convicted, and the time duration in which the accused gets the punishment.

I strongly believe that laws against such crimes need to be changed. Yes the culprits of this case need to be hanged, but they should be hanged soon. It should not happen that they are kept in prison for another 5-10 years and then hanged. Also, a very strong message needs to be sent out to the public that if such a crime happens, the accused would not be spared and would be given the severest of the punishments and that too in quick time. We need to change the mindset of the people. We need to educate children right from the beginning, we need to counsel the youth so that the thoughts of such crimes that may be arising can be curbed. We need to start this education right from the grass root level only then can we think or eradicating such crimes from the country. We need to get the change in ourselves first and our closed ones and think start thinking of the society at large.
Also, people are talking about security issues. I really don’t think people should speak of this when half of them don’t take security measures themselves. People drive bikes without helmets, people drive rash on roads, people drink and drive and then all they do is blame others in case of an accident. So talking of any security measures is really baseless. The change needs to happen within ourselves first, and we all need to think about it, as it is high time we all come together and make this country much better for living.

Coming back to this particular incident, I rest my case. The accused should be given punishment whether it is castration or capital punishment, but it should be done soon. There is no point hanging onto this for long.

I wanted this topic to be titled as “Anna Hazare and his fight against corruption”, as that would have got more traffic and readership to my blog, but that is not my primary motive of this blog post. Here I would to make a point, where our generation is starting to forget our freedom fighters and other national heroes. Today, our generation hardly knows much about the freedom fighters leave aside remembering the war heroes who too gave away the ultimate sacrifice (their life) for the country. This is really disappointing and sad, and because of this I have thought of writing something about this. From nowhere this topic has come into my priority list, and maybe I would be able to send the message across to everyone.

The actual source behind this can be the recent revolutionary movement started by Anna Hazare to fight against the corruption in the country. It all started while during lunch time yesterday on the discussion on Anna’s step to go on fast unto death for the fight against corruption. In between all this I mentioned an instance of a similar step undertaken by Shaheed Bhagat Singh. To my astonishment my friend had no clue about it. And I am talking about a person who has profound knowledge, and does cite examples of Hitler, Churchill, and others every now and then. A person like him had no clue of Bhagat Singh left me in an astonishment, and even more disappointing was that he ended all of that topic in humor. That discussion left me in disarray. And after going home I had a discussion with my maid and her children and then I realized that since Bhagat Singh’s and his mates activities are hardly taught in school, people hardly know who he was and what he did for the country. And all the very little information they have is because of the recent movies that were made on him and his activities.

I also remember an interview given by Raj Kumar Hirani before his release of the film Lage Raho Munnabhai, where he said that “people who have not been to school even don’t know who Mahatma Gandhi (the father of our nation) is”. Also this raises a question that do people only know about these great figures if they had been to school and have studied them. This is a very surprising state but yes a very sad one.

Here I am just talking about two legends of Indian freedom fight, and few people know about them as they have studied about them in early life as well as there have been movie interpretations on them as well. But what about the others, who too sacrificed their lives for the country’s freedom. For example to name a few, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bipin Chandra Pal, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Chandrashekhar Azad, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Udham Singh, Kartar Singh Sarabha, and others. Do people even know them?     

Also this is about the freedom fighters, what about our soldiers and war heroes. They stay at the borders to protect the country, they fight, they kill, they die for the country, do we remember them ever, or even do we know who they were. For example to name a few, Capt. Vikram Batra, Capt. Manoj Pandey, Capt. Anuj Nayaar, Maj. Sandeep Unnikrishnan, Capt. Gurbachan Singh Salaria, 2/Lt. Arun Kheteralpal, Havaldar Abdul Hamid, Subedar Joginder Singh, and many others. Do people even know them and know of their contribution towards the country. What disappoints me the most is the India media in this case, as stupid celebrity marriage news will make a top headline but a soldier’s sacrifice of his life for the country won’t be featured as well.  

All this disappoints me a lot, as our generation has also added to the woes. Today people our more interested globally, they want to know what is happing all around the globe and don’t know of what is the situation in their own country. They neglect past Indian history as for them it was mandatory to study only to pass the examinations. Today they know what an Obama speaks but have no clue what a Swami Nigamanand (another person who sacrificed his life for a noble cause) says.

I would want to state a serious comedy of error over here. “Since the movement undertaken by Anna Hazare is gaining popularity in the country, many fellow people have joined hands to support Anna in his movement.  People are taking out rallies in support of Anna, and for fight against corruption in almost every city. A similar rally was passing by my colony last weekend, with people chanting slogans everywhere. That is the time when I spotted a person who was in his mid-twenties I suppose and asked him what was all this about. He said that all this is in support Anna Hazare and his fight against corruption. Then I asked him if he knew what Anna’s demands were and what exactly Lokpal Bill is all about, and he was clueless”.

Now this is the state of the country, today’s youth has come onto the streets to fight for his rights and against corruption (which is very good), but does not know what exactly his demands to the government are, or how will his demands eventually help him. All he does is he sees people around entering into a movement and follows them blindly.
Why exactly I have written all this so far is because, I am not sure what is going to be the final verdict of this movement, though I do believe that what Anna is doing for the country no common man could (as he has somewhat managed to awake the country). And unfortunately if he dies in between all these events people will very soon forget him and his deeds. The next generation would not probably even know who Anna Hazare was and what his contribution towards the Indian society was.  I don’t trust the Indian media as well, as they might cover all this exclusively but only till an Indian cricket team win or a Sachin Tendulkar century, when those news will overshadow everything else and this movement will vanish from the media as well (something that happened to Swami Nigamanand). People like him, Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh should never be forgotten in the fashion Swami Nigamanand has been.

Here is a line said by Sardar Bhagat Singh, “It is easy to kill individuals but you cannot kill the ideas. Great empires have crumbled while the ideas survived.”

I hope the idea behind these great people survives within us and is also passed to our next generations or else would end up being with hardly any moral values, hardly any love for the country, and amidst tremendous corruption.

Also, I would like to ask everyone and hope that we all join in this fight against corruption, as this is also no less than a fight against terrorists, the government of India.