Timeline: The sequence of events that led to Sanjay Dutt's convcition

Bringing the curtain down on the 20-year-long judicial proceedings of the 1993 Mumbai serial blast that led to the conviction of the Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt.


DNA Web Team

Updated: Nov 21, 2013, 01:44 PM IST

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Bringing the curtain down on the 20-year-long judicial proceedings of the 1993 Mumbai serial blast case, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of one and conviction of several others including Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt.

Following is the sequence of events leading to the apex court upholding the conviction of Dutt.
Mar 12, 1993: A series of 13 explosions rock Mumbai resulting in 257 fatalities and injuries to 713 others.

April 19: Actor Sanjay Dutt (accused number 117) arrested.
Apr 26: Dutt expresses desire to record his confessional statement under TADA. After recording first part, Dutt given time of 48 hours for cooling off.
April 28: Second part of confession recorded.
May 3: Dutt sent to the judicial custody.

May 5: He files a petition before the Bombay High Court. Released on interim bail till filing of charge sheet in the designated TADA Court.
November 4: Consolidated charge sheet filed against all accused, including Dutt. He is re-arrested.
June 19, 1994: Dutt seeks bail from the designated court.
July 4: Court dismisses his bail plea.
September 23: SC dismisses bail plea filed by Dutt.
October 16, 1995: SC grants Dutt interim bail till completion of the trial.

November 28, 2006: Dutt convicted under Arms Act. Acquitted under TADA. He was found guilty of possessing a 9 mm pistol and a AK-56 rifle which was part of the consignment of weapons and explosives brought to India for the strikes.
July 31, 2007: Dutt sentenced to six-year imprisonment.
August 2007: Dutt moves SC challenging his conviction.
November 2007: SC grants him regular bail.
November 1, 2011: SC begins hearing on appeals filed by Dutt and also by 100 convicts as well as the state.

August 29, 2012: SC reserves its order on the appeals and cross appeals.
March 21, 2013: SC uphold Dutt's conviction. Modified his six-year jail term to five years.

He is asked to surrender within a month.

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