Press Council of India chief Justice Markandey Katju stated in an interview today that he is not questioning the Supreme Court verdict on Sanjay Dutt but raising the issue as a citizen of India.
“Sanjay Dutt has already suffered for 20 years, he has faced imprisonment. He had to take permission every time he wanted to go abroad. Have sent an appeal to the Governor requesting him to pardon Sanjay Dutt,” he said.
Katju said that there are six considerations on which the Supreme Court may grant him relief.
“Sanjay Dutt is not a terrorist,” Katju said. He said that the actor hasn’t been found involved in a terror act, he was ‘only in possession of a weapon which he never used’.
“Sanjay Dutt has done some good things like in the film Munna bhai where he promoted Gandhian philosophy, his parents have done social service,” Katju said.
The former Supreme Court judge also said that Sanjay Dutt should be pardoned because he has suffered for 20 years, and has small children.
Justice Katju said that he is neither a fan of Sanjay Dutt, nor is he raising the issue as a former Supreme Court judge but only as a citizen of India.
“When I saw the SC ruling on Sanjay Dutt, I felt he should be pardoned,” he said.
Following the upholding of the sentencing of film star Sanjay Dutt to five years imprisonment by the Supreme Court in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, Press Council of India chief Justice Markandey Katju had appealed to Maharashtra Governor K Sankar narayanan to pardon the actor.