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Guv cannot pardon Sanjay Dutt, says Jethmalani

New Delhi, Mar 23, 2013 (PTI):

Mahesh criticises Katju for unseemly haste in seeking relief for Dutt

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2006 file photo, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt leaves a special court trying the cases of those accused in the 1993 Mumbai bombings in Mumbai, India. India's Supreme Court has sentenced Dutt to five years in jail for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to the 1993 bombing that killed 257 people in Mumbai. The court on Thursday, March 21, 2013, ordered Dutt to surrender to police within four weeks on the charge of possessing three automatic rifles and a pistol that had been supplied to him by men subsequently convicted in the bombing. AP Photo

The Maharashtra Governor lacks power to pardon Sanjay Dutt, senior lawyer and BJP leader Mahesh Jethmalani today said criticising Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju for his "unseemly haste" in seeking relief for the actor sentenced to 5 years jail for possessing arms during 1993 Mumbai blasts.

He said Katju has written a "wholly misconceived" letter to the Governor and others, including Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and I&B Minister Manish Tewary, members of film fraternity and office bearers of Congress, NCP and Samajwadi parties "have jumped on to his ex-Lordship's bandwagon".

He said Dutt has been convicted under the Arms Act and the Governor's power of pardon under Article 161 of the Constitution does not extend to conviction under this law.
"His ex-Lordship's (Katju's) letter to the Governor of Maharashtra, is thus wholly misconceived and his loyal band of followers must seek other avenues, if they exist at all, to secure a reprieve for Dutt. Katju would be well advised to not let his heart rule his head even if he considers its pulls to be justified," Jethmalani said in a statement.


"For their part, Kumar and Tewari, both eminent men of law, would serve the interest of the nation better if they applied their energies to upholding the law, rather than blindly seeking exoneration for a convict who by design or dim-wittedness facilitated the death of so many innocent victims on that fateful day in Mumbai", he said.

Jethmalani said it does not "befit" a retired apex court judge to express his anguish at the verdict of the top court by saying that he (Katju) himself was impelled to file a mercy petition in his personal capacity on actor's behalf.

"It ill befits a retired Judge of the SC and Chairman of PCI, to display such unseemly haste in seeking complete exoneration for Dutt in the 1993 bomb blast case.
"Hardly has the ink dried on the Supreme Court's judgement upholding the actor's conviction under the Arms Act that the ex-Judge has lamented the decision, extolled Sanjay Dutt's virtues and regretted his suffering of the last twenty years," he said.Jethmalani expressed surprise that both Kumar and Tewary have endorsed Justice Katju's view that the Governor has the power to pardon Dutt for the offences for which he has been convicted.

"While it is the personal prerogative of any citizen of this country to campaign for a pardon for any convict - notwithstanding the dubious company the convict might have kept, both before and after the cataclysmic events that had shaken Bombay on 12th March, 1993, citizens are entitled to expect a modicum of elementary homework at least by such distinguished personalities as Messrs. Katju, Ashwini Kumar and Manish Tiwari.

"The executive power of the state government does not extend to matters enumerated in the Union list of the 7th Schedule of the Constitution of India. Entry 5 in the Union List consists of arms, firearms, ammunition and explosives. The Arms Act is a statute enacted by Parliament. The Governor's power of pardon under Article 161 of the Constitution of India, accordingly, does not extend to the sentence of any person convicted under the Arms Act," he said.

‘Family will explore all ptions’

Congress MP Priya Dutt on Saturday said that their family would explore all the options to seek clemency for her actor-brother Sanjay Dutt, reports PTI from Mumbai. “As a sister, as a family, we will always stand by him.That is what any loving family will do. It is only logical that as a family we will explore every option, Priya said in a press statement issued here. “If the purpose of incarceration is reform and punishment for crime committed, then I believe he has undergone both,” she added. Stating that the Dutt family has accepted the Supreme Court judgement, Priya said, “We stand strong together in this hard time to give each other strength and courage.

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