Friday 18 April 2014
News updated at 12:06 AM IST
Weather
Max: 34.6°C
Min : 22.4°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Nana Patekar says he won't work with Sanjay Dutt

Mumbai, April 22, 2013, Reuters:
Reuters.

Award-winning actor Nana Patekar has spoken out against Sanjay Dutt in a rare outburst amid a chorus of celebrities voicing support for the convicted Bollywood star who returns to prison in May.

Patekar, a Bollywood veteran and three-time National Award winner, said he will never work with Dutt or watch his films.

"That is the punishment I can give him from my side," the 62-year-old actor told Marathi news channel ABP Majha at the weekend.

Dutt was sentenced to six years in jail in 2007 for acquiring illegal weapons from men convicted for the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, but has been out on bail ever since.

In March, the Supreme Court reduced Dutt's sentence to five years and ordered him to return to prison. On April 17, the court granted the 53-year-old actor four more weeks of freedom, allowing him to finish work on some of his films before serving the remainder of his prison term.

Dutt was cleared of conspiracy charges in the bombings but was found guilty of illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle and a pistol, weapons that he claimed were to protect him and his family during a period of rioting.

Patekar hinted that Dutt, the most high-profile of 100 people involved in the Mumbai bombings trial, had been let off lightly.

Twelve people received the death penalty and 20 others were given life sentences in the case.

"The nature of his crime is horrible. Why should justice be meted out differently for him?" Patekar said.

"The law is different for a poor man and different for me, just because I am actor? Why should that be?" he said.

Patekar's reaction is at odds with the Hindi film industry that came out in Dutt's support and called for him to be pardoned, describing him as a misguided youth and a victim of his star lineage.

Dutt, son of actor and former Congress minister Sunil Dutt and actress Nargis, enjoys goodwill in both politics and the movie industry. His sister Priya is a Congress lawmaker from Mumbai.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Voters cross a wooden bridge on the Chenab river to reach a polling station to cast their vote...

Voters cross a wooden bridge on the Chenab river to reach a polling station to cast their vote...

Farmers covering the paddy sacks after heavy rains in Patiala...

Farmers covering the paddy sacks after heavy rains in Patiala...

Women walk through a wheat field on their way to a polling station to cast their votes...

Women walk through a wheat field on their way to a polling station to cast their votes...

People play cricket on a road during voting for Lok Sabha polls in Patna...

People play cricket on a road during voting for Lok Sabha polls in Patna...

People arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Ajmer district in the desert...

People arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Ajmer district in the desert...

Newly appointed Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. K. Dhowan (C) poses for a picture after inspecting..

Newly appointed Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. K. Dhowan (C) poses for a picture after inspecting..

Voters click pictures of their inked fingers after casting votes for Lok Sabha polls at a ...

Voters click pictures of their inked fingers after casting votes for Lok Sabha polls at a ...

Congress candidate from Bangalore South Nandan Nilekani showing inked finger with his wife Rohini...

Congress candidate from Bangalore South Nandan Nilekani showing inked finger with his wife Rohini...

Voters wait in a queue to cast votes for the Lok Sabha elections in Chikmagalur on Thursday. PTI...

Voters wait in a queue to cast votes for the Lok Sabha elections in Chikmagalur on Thursday. PTI...

India's new Naval Chief, Admiral Robin K Dhowan inspects a Guard of Honour at Defence...

India's new Naval Chief, Admiral Robin K Dhowan inspects a Guard of Honour at Defence...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523