Sanjay Dutt's pardon plea given to governor

Actor and MP Jaya Prada along with expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh known for his film contacts, met Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayan at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday, with a request seeking pardon for actor Sanjay Dutt who has been asked to complete his five-year sentence by the Supreme Court in a case of possessing banned fire arms.

After the meeting, Amar Singh made it clear to media persons that he had not come at the instance of Sanjay Dutt "but I had to deliver the letter written by Sevagram inmates in Wardha. This was written before the Supreme Court verdict and I thought it was important that I play the role of postman. I simply handed over the letter to the Governor who heard us. We did not comment on SC. We welcome the SC verdict.”

Asked if he had also sought pardon for 70-year-old convict Zaibunissa Kazi, Singh said “let me tell you the truth, I have not pleaded for her. If I make a plea for Sanjay, he wouldn’t mind. His father Sunil Dutt was my friend, and since Sanjay is a friend, I could do this. if someone from her (Zaibunissa’s) family had contacted me, I would have also helped her. I have my sympathies for her.” Prior to meeting Governor, both Jaya Prada and Singh spent a couple of minutes at Dutt’s residence.

Jaya Prada said that “Sanjay belongs to a good family. His father Sunil Dutt has contributed to the nation. It was a very emotional moment at Sanjay’s house when I met his two small children. If Sanjay has to serve another three and half years, I think it would be hard for his children.”

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