Thursday, 21 March 2013

Sanjay Dutt


Press Note
An appeal to His Excellency  the Governor of Maharashtra to pardon Sanjay Dutt under Article 161 of the Constitution

(Through the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra)

Your Excellency,
            The media has reported today that Sanjay Dutt has been awarded 5 years imprisonment by the Supreme Court. I appeal to you to pardon him under Article 161 of the Constitution for the following reasons:

(i)             The Supreme Court, having found that Sanjay Dutt had in his possession a prohibited weapon without a licence, awarded him the minimum imprisonment which was prescribed under law. Section  25 (1(A) of the Arms Act states that if a person has in his possession a prohibited weapon without a licence he shall be awarded punishment of not less than 5 years imprisonment and not more than 10 years. Having found Sanjay Dutt in possession of a prohibited weapon, which is defined in Section 2 (1) (i) of the Arms Act as an automatic weapon which keeps firing until release of the pressure on the trigger, the Supreme Court awarded him 5 years imprisonment. However, there is power in the Court under Section 4 of the Probation of Offenders Act, 1958 to release the person under these circumstances of the case on furnishing a bond.
(ii)              The power of pardon under Article 161 by the Constitution is different from the judicial power. The Governor/President can grant pardon or reduce the sentence of the Court, even if a minimum is prescribed. Hence there is no doubt that the Governor can grant pardon/reduce the sentence.
For example in the case of Commander Nanavati who was held guilty of murder, the Governor gave him pardon although the minimum sentence for murder is life sentence.
            In the case of Sanjay Dut, the Supreme Court has not found him guilty for the 1993 bomb blasts, but only found him guilty of having in his possession a prohibited weapon without licence. Surely, this is a lesser offence than murder. When the Governor of Maharashtra granted pardon to Nanavati, surely he can grant pardon to Sanjay.
            No doubt Sanjay Dutt committed an offence by having a prohibited weapon without licence, but in my opinion there are extenuating circumstance:
a.       The event happen in 1993 i.e. 20 years ago. During this period Sanjay suffered a lot, and had a cloud hovering over his head throughout. He had to undergo various tribulations and indignities during this period. He had to go to Court often, he had to take the permission of the Court for foreign shootings, he could not get bank loans, etc. 
b.      Sanjay Dutt has already undergone 18 months in jail.
c.       Sanjay Dutt has got married, and they have two small children.
d.       He has not been held to be a terrorist, and had no hand in the bomb blasts.
e.       His parents Sunil Dutt and Nargis worked for the good of society and the nation. Sunil Dutt and Nargis often went to border areas to give moral support to our brave jawans and did other social work for society.
f.        Sanjay in this period of 20 years has through his film revived the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and the message of Gandhiji, the father of the nation.

In these circumstances I respectfully appeal to your Excellency to pardon Sanjay Dutt and set him free.
I am reminded of the famous speech of Portia in Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ that justice should be tempered with mercy.  
      

170 comments:

  1. Uncle you dont know me but i know you. Im Justice Aloke Chakrabartis son. I loved what you have written. I also follow you on Twitter. Glad we are connected.

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    1. Point taken! Now go and kill somebody, 'Uncle' will bat for you, since your father is a justice.

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    2. Your uncle is really a genius who has explained what the Automatic weapon means. I wasn't aware of that till now. LOL

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    3. Hahaha Gud one :)

      Also, I would advice him to play role of Gandhi in a film and do some charity and most importantly prolong the case as much as you can so that later you can play victim.

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    4. 'He has got married and they have two small children' has to be the icing on the cake.

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    5. I can't stop laughing. Is this Judge's son Saikat for real. If he is a chip of the old block then I can only imagine what his father does to "network".
      LMAO..

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    6. Saikat, do not forget to get married. Especially someone else's wife and have children. You will enable your uncles hand to enlarge the arguments in your favor.

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    7. My God! Saikat you could have written this sycophantic comment directly to Uncle at his e-mail. This is just non-sense.

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    8. Thanks to you and your Uncle Saikat. Law is fortunately not your relative. He helped people who killed 267 innocents. Let him go through the punishment. Whats the big deal?

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    9. @Saikat Chakrabarty

      Your comment shows that how a big idiot you are... sure belong to 10% cadre of the justice Katju...:)ROFL

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    10. Unfortunately Kasab had not acted in a Gandhi movie. Else uncle would have been fighting his case.

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    11. Why Justice (to the elites)Katju favouring pardon.Isn't it that he doesn't have belief in Supreem Courts decision.

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    12. Dear Sir,

      As CIJ you should have maintain the dignity.Citizens of India have hopes in people like you. Let us maintain the dignity and Sanjay Dutt is criminal though he follwed Gandhigiri. Your children are also observing. Do not let yourself down infromt of them.

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    13. Open letter To Justice Katju.

      See for yourself how an ex judge behaves on national TV. He lost his temper and accused anchor Nidhi of being a poor TV anchor. This shows the pathetic mind set of Indian judicial intelligentsia. No wonder why the Indian judicial system is facing such dire situation where average criminal case such as this takes 20 years to give a verdict, let alone a civil case.
      Nidhi is the best anchor of NDTV. She is beautiful an extremely intelligent person. India is proud to have such anchors. This shows India’s high standard of TV journalism. Justice Katju, being an ex judge should know how to behave on national TV. Justice Katju; your behavior on national TV that was watched internationally from all over the world put 1.2 billion Indians and more than 15 million highly acclaimed, highly successful NRIs to shame.
      Nidhi, the way you handled so maturely with dignified manner taught Justice Katju (who is of your Father’s age) a valuable lesion today that dignity and honor is more important than official title one holds.
      We are proud of you, 1.2 and more than 15 million NRIs are proud of you.
      BTW, Sanjay Dutt is my favorite hero and I will pray for him and spread the message that his mercy petition be humanly considered by the government.

      http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/left-right-centre/sanjay-dutt-heads-back-to-jail-should-he-be-pardoned/269303?hp

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    14. A lot of people are upset with retired Justice mr Katju for appealing to Governer of Maharashtra for pardoning Sanju baba.

      I am not upset with him.

      I am actually very happy that he is only a chairman of press council and fortunately for a lot of us has retired from the judiciary.

      Imagine what would have happened if he was still serving as a judge.

      Sanju baba would be scott free, celebrating with Haneef Kadawala, Sameer Hingora and calling Dawood bhai.



      Most of us are fortunate enough and we don’t have to visit a court, and I hope and pray, we will NEVER have to, looking at the state of judiciary and its ex-officials like Mr Katju.

      Our perception about a Judge in the court is from Hindi movies where the Judge says the same GHISA PITA dialoge - “TAMAAM SABOOT AUR BAYANAT ….” Etc etc

      It led us to believe that judges make a decision based on evidences.

      If you look at his arguments for the appeal for Sanju baba, they are shocking to say the least.

      Argument 1 – Its been 20 years.

      Mr Katju should be ASHAMED that such an important case has taken 20 years to deliver a judgement, since he seems to think he was an important part of Indian Judiciary system.



      He creates a feel that Sanju was “tortured” since he had to go to the court many times, and had to get permission from the courts.

      That must be a pain mr Katju.



      Argument 2 – Sanju baba has already gone to court for 18 months. So he should be pardoned for the balance jail term.

      Mr Katju if I borrow Rs 10 lac from you, can I pay you only 2 lacs and will you forget the balance amount ?

      I’d love to borrow money from you.



      Argument 3 – Sanju baba is married and has two young kids.



      So ?

      Mr Katju what your point ?



      Have you ever thought how many kids were orphaned by the blasts in 93 ?

      I know it will be hard for you Mr Katju, but THINK.





      Argument 4

      Sanju baba is not a terrorist, he had no involvement with blasts.



      Mr Katju you are now arguing like the lawyer hired my Custom Officer mr Thapa in blast case.

      His lawyer argued that his client (mr Thapa) can be sued for corruption but not as a terrorist.

      According to the argument, Mr Thapa was “cheated” by Dawood and gang that they were bringing in Gold and not RDX.

      You wont be able to understand mr Katju what common people think about lawyers and judges.

      You are disgusting.



      Argument 5

      Sanju baba’s parent were socially responsible.



      Mr Katju they obviously didn’t believe in KARMA

      Sr Dutt, created this monster Behrampada to “protect” his constituency.

      He would have never imagined this would bite his son back.

      People he helped, provided arms to his son.

      And Sr Dutt had to seek help from Balasaheb to get Sanju baba on bail.

      So he compromised his principles and sought help from what you label as “NON- SECULAR” people ?



      Argument 6

      Sanju baba remided of Gandhiji.



      OMG. Mr Katju when kids in 5th standard have to go for a movie, they make better arguments than this.

      You need to grow up Mr katju.



      I can understand what you are probably going through Mr Katju.

      You were in a cacoon where you believed that people are scared of you, respect you etc etc.

      And no one cares.

      You still think CM of Maharashtra should respond to you in few hours ?

      You are soooo naïve Mr Katju.

      Having worked in judiciary Mr Katju, you should know how much time it takes to get a reply from any govt office.



      You probably have a weekly quota to fire letters to CMs and Governers every week.

      Writing a letter to a governer and expecting some action is like expecting Chairman of Press council to behave in a logical manner.

      It’s a long shot Mr katju.



      I feel sorry for you and Rakhi Sawant, who behave in same fashion when Media deprives them of publicity.

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    15. From Faking News . com

      Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who is facing various court cases like hit-and-run and blackbuck poaching case, has decided to get married and have kids as soon as possible.
      He took this decision after Justice Katju wrote to Maharashtra governor requesting him to pardon Sanjay Dutt, who has been sentenced to five years in jail by the Supreme Court of India.
      In his letter, Katju pointed out that Sanjay Dut was married and had got little children, hence he should be pardoned.

      Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt have a lot in common apart from Bigg Boss
      “Salman had always feared that he might get a stringent punishment in one of the cases, but he saw a ray of hope when Katju wrote that letter. He went through the letter to find out what all it needs to be eligible for being pardoned despite a SC ruling,” a close aide of Salman told Faking News.
      Katju has listed six points why Sanjay Dutt should be pardoned, and Salman found that he fulfilled five out of those six criteria.
      The first reason cited by Katju was that the incident was old and Sanjay Dutt had suffered a lot during the period, such as going to court often and facing professional problems. Salman too had been doing the rounds of courts and thinks he has suffered a lot.
      The second reason cited by Katju pointed out that Sanjay Dutt had already spent some time in jail. Ditto with Salman Khan.
      In his fourth point, Katju argues that Sanjay Dutt was not a terrorist; similarly Salman Khan was not a drunk truck driver killing people or an illegal poacher making bucks by killing bucks.
      The fifth point put forward by Katju argued that Sanjay Dutt’s parents were good people and had done a lot for the society. Salman scored even here as his father Salim Khan had written the story and dialogs of wonderful movies like Sholay, which helped the Indian society grow and mature.
      The sixth and final point mentioned by Justice Katju hinted towards the movie Lage Raho Munnabhai starring Sanjay Dutt, which revived the memory and the message of Gandhiji.
      “Well, even Salman Bhai has done movies like Dabangg, which spreads the message of victory of good over evil, and socially responsible movies like Bodyguard, which spreads the message of equality between people despite a person doing menial job – something even Gandhiji said,” the close aide of Salman Khan argued why Sallu bhai was similar to Sanju baba.
      “The only point not matching is the third one, where Katju cites Sanjay Dutt being married and having children. Bhai will soon marry and solve this problem,” the aide confirmed.

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    17. @ Mr. Anand and Mr. Prasik, I certainly value your comments for being critical, but aren't we being too harsh and rationale less in opining so..??

      It makes no sense in comparing with different cases. Every case must be seen in its own ambit, else I fear we may end up with a wrong decision.

      I certainly do not support in letting him free but remission can be done under Article 161.

      Please understand its easy to criticize senselessly. I feel so. I may be wrong..!
      Lets hope for the best.

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    18. @ Amit Sarkar... all I can say with a smile for you is get will soon ..!

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  2. Just can't believe it... I have sympathy for him but your arguments has no proper logic. Is it a point of view of Judge?

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  3. Mr Katju,

    This was not expected from a learned person like you. I thought that you are visionary. You FAILED us here.

    FIRST of all: It was NOT Sanjay Dutt of MunnaBhai fame who deserves the credit.
    It was idea of Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raju Hirani.

    SECOND: Sanjay Dutt was merely lucky to grab this movie. Shahrukh Khan was first choice.

    THIRD: Will you tomorrow support Salman Khan as well? (If he found guilty. Which movie will you quote?)

    FOURTH: If Gandhiji was famed by Sanjay Dutt in one movie. Do buy DVD of Khalnayak. (IF movies are to be taken in account).

    FIFTH: Do hear 'Sanjay Dutt conversation with Don video released by MUMBAI POLICE'.

    LAST: If NOTHING of above does not satisfy your 'learned soul', do read Tehelka story with 'KANOON KE FACTS'
    http://archive.tehelka.com/story_main28.asp?filename=Ne240307How_the_CS.asp&id=2


    P.S. - Pardon my caps etc. They are worth ignoring from a large hearted person like you. Would urge to focus on my 'arguments' SIR.

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    2. i dont quite think he should walk scott free but at the same time the above arguments u have stated are simply retarded Mr. Manish !! apart from the point of the film the other points are a little valid especially the pardon !!! so if u want to speak sense for once in ur sorry life why dont u pick up a crash course text book to law and then TRY to argue :) dont counter the law from ur latest copy of filmfare or stardust magazine :) !! this isnt legally blonde its someones life and family on the line !!!

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    3. :) Such a sorry state for you dear. and Retarded? GROW UP.

      I do know my facts better than a 'filmfare or stardust'. FYI, I NEVER read such magazines ONCE in my life.

      I prefer a Tehelka, The Hindu and BBC for my so call abused 'retarded' knowledge.


      The big description as provided for TEHELKA link is way MORE than your fertile mind should accept the argument for.

      FINALLY, did you care the 'legal' argument of Mr. Katju in point 'e' and 'f'?
      IF THEY WERE LEGAL FACTS. IF SO ARE MY FACTS MATE :)


      If with such a 'well argument' filmi+factual does not make you happy. I don't have anything more to add on a free public platform. :)

      Cheers

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  4. Sanjay Dutt has undergone lot of mental torture during the past 20 years. What he did was foolish act and innocently not knowing the concequence. He deserves pardon.

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    1. We get our right to vote @21. SD did what he did @32 and still he did it INNOCENTLY ? Cant believe

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    2. Hey what about 20 odd others including Yakub Memon convicted in thus case? Is there any data about how they suffered in or out of jail? BTW, how many wives and kids they had during this period? But your munnai bhai is great that he could get marry, face a case related to that marriage and have children, I repeat children. All this under lot of mental torture. Wah.. Sanju tera jawab nahin. Naahi tere fanboys kaa.

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    3. How much of torture has his family gone...exactly?
      we had convicts sitting in jail waiting for their appeal to be heard and a certain rudal shah case wherein the person ws in jail for 14 years without committing any crime,
      and here is the man who charged 3-5 crore per movie, has the fanciest car collection in bollywood, endorses expensive jewellery and watches brands and not done a single thing to rehabilitate any of the 1993 blast victims ..i agree the charge is on possession of illegal arms..but then a crime is a crime and we would be setting a wrong precedent by pardoning him

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  5. What a shame !! What a biased thought !!
    What message will reach out to masses? if you are influencial and your father/mother has done good work, you are free to keep an illegal AK56. Justice is already delayed (20 years).. why do you wish to deny it altogether ?
    What practical application your argument (a) non-availablity of bank loan (b) has spread Gandhism has in reality?
    Law should be same for all, if someone has been paradoned before.. please feel free to bring him to books again instead of asking the Governer to set free a proved accused & anti-social element.
    jai Hind

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  6. If you read Tehelka story, The WHOLE system has already shown 'more than deserved' mercy to Sanjay Dutt.

    My heart goes for him. However, justice HAS to be equal.

    I wish you had 'appealed' for RAJAT GUPTA as well.

    Mr Rajat Gupta's talent and service in his choose field was BIGGER contribution than 'a'/'any' Sanjay(s) of the bollywood.

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  7. Thanks to you Sir, for trying to save 5 Peoples life. Sanjay Dutt, His wife and 3 kids. He committed mistake and he admitted it. He's been through worse than a prison throughout his life. In these 20 years, He didn't investigated for a single OTHER crime. He's not professional criminal, Its his starcast that is bringing him troubles. He requires a pardon..Thanks for taking the huge step. We are with you. #StayStrongIndia

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    1. sir it is not his star power that is bringing trouble to him rather it is the one responsible for him getting away easily by the hand of law which does not seem to be so lengthy in this case, those who delivered arms to his place are booked under tada and he is under arms act he should be thankful to god or rather his influential contacts and moneyeating lawyers

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  8. Law and Justice to prevail in any society (civilised) it must be unbendable if not unbreakable.
    Katju Sir, with respect, the time has come that you must categorise this vagabond actor to either Robber Wallya or sage Valmiki class. Who is Sanju baba?
    Your conscience will answer this question better than your mind, body, soul put together.
    Best Wishes.

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    1. There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts. - Mahatma Gandhi
      Surprisingly, I did not know such view/quote by Mahatma before writing above said comment.
      Thank God!

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  9. It is biased of you to say that Sanjay Dutt revived Gandhi's memories. He was a part of the team that made the movie. And being team work, everyone is responsible for its success or failure. Would you have watched the movie, if it had badly written screenplay or dialogues? Or if it was shot badly? No! He made 1 film that revived Gandhi's message. But he has also played the bad man's role in two other movies. So, why shouldn't this be taken into account? What he faced as an under-trial is less worse than what most others face. He was backed by wealthy people and politicians. He got bail and could go around earning his livelihood. What about those who can't afford bail? Such under-trials are languishing in jails despite them being eligible for bail. Plead to the governor for mercy on them.

    Sanjay Dutt may deserve pardon if he has done some good work or sacrifices for the society, not because his parents have done that. For that, people are electing Priya Dutt as their M.P.

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  10. Thank God you are not a supreme court jodge anymore! after reading your this blog post, i feel pepole should not be allowed to carry "Justice" name tag after they retire from jugde's chair. and thank everyone who dont take Katju's views seriously anymore! Movie role of "Gandhigiri" is ur argument???????? India-pakistan to merge together once again??? katju sir, with all due respect see some psychiatrist for medical help on SOS basis!!

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    1. for your kind attention, Mahatma Gandhi is NOT the Father of The Nation!!!!!!! He is not awarded father of the nation by parliament nor by any other institution in India. It was got clear 2 years back when one school going girl sought information about who confer on Mahatma Gandgi the father of the nation !

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  11. Sir, with respect, I need to know your experience of life in statistical form. How many "Hard core" Robbers have transformed them selves into sages? (on the similar lines of sage valmiki)
    Best wishes.

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  15. It seems the whole media of any form is terrorised not to call this vagabond as "munna bhai". Childish vagabond criminal.

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  16. Like Mr. Santosh Hegde, Mr. Katju should strive for common Indian man than fallen stars like Sanju Baba.

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  17. Glorification of crimes and criminals is not new in India or for Indians. This time the proposer is Mr. Katju, the one who must have "Vikramaditya" or "Ram Shastri Prabhune" as his idol.

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  18. adorable...........sir...as ever..........!!!!

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  20. Just because my parents did good for the society and I have two kids, should I be pardoned for my criminal offences? What sort of demented logic is that? With due respects to you sir, I think criminals is this country can heave a sigh of relief with lawyers like you around. Horrifying!

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  21. Katju appeals to Maharashtra Governor to pardon Sanjay Dutt ? two standards .. why not he appeals same for afjal ... bcoz he is kashmiri and not a know filmstar on which producers bet 3000 million INR.

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  22. one more thing if same case happen in USA justice will come only in 2 years and all accused will get death punishment. There is a difference between community violence and terrorism activity

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  23. All ready 20 years are given to him because he is son of leader from ruling party and have support from lots of other party leaders. you have sympathy with sanjay dutt .. why you not have sympathy with peoples who are killed on that heinous crime. they waited 20 years for justice ....

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  24. The Constitution has been rewritten by the Judiciary through several judgments since Nanavati was pardoned. Do the President and the Governor still have the right to pardon?

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  25. first all you are the same person who criticise media for celebrity pooja now you are taking same route for publicity.you have views on any thing to every thing from sunny leone to sanju baba.you criticise modi on whom not a single fir has been filed but you are sympathetic to a person who has been convicted for five years.i think we should file an RTI on all your judgement which you have deliviered.

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  26. After reading your article, I am convinced how poor a servant you would have been to the Indian Judicial system. A rank bad article, more like a courtroom argument in movies/serials than real life!

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  27. IT IS THE MOST SHAME FULL THING THAT JUSTICE KATJU WROTE SUCH LETTER..... I AM ASTONISHED ON THE POINTS YOU TRIED TO CONVINCE GOVERNOR BY TAKING SIDE OF SANJAY DUTT. FIRST POINT IS YOUR QUOTING OF COMMANDER NANAVTI CASE... IN MY OPINION THE CASE IS FIRST AND THE BEST EXAMPLE OF HOW WHOLE SYSTEM WORKS TO PROTECT AND HELP INFLUENTIAL EVEN AFTER CONVICTION. ITS AN OPEN TRUTH OF THOSE DAYS THAT NANAVATI HAS VERY CLOSE RELATION WITH HIGH-UPS INCLUDING NEHRU, GANDHI FAMILY. IF YOU ARE COMPARING SUNJAY DUTT CASE WITH NANAVATI CASE THEN YOU ARE SIMPLING FAVORING TO HELP HIGH AND N INFLUENTIAL PERSONS. YOU ARE AGAIN WRONG YOU THINK HE HAS SUFFERED 20 YEARS BUT YOU KNOW IT VERY WELL HE STAYED ONLY 18 MONTHS IN JAIL... SO I REQUEST YOU TO KINDLY NEVER USE THE WORD HE SUFFERED 20 YEARS. IF YOU THINK HE HAS SUFFERED IN HIS BUSINESS AND FILM INDUSTRY WITH OUT ANY BREAKS IN MOVIES ...THEN THE TERM WILL NOT QUALIFY TO CALL SUFFERING. IF YOU SIGHT MUNNAIBHAI MBBS MOVIE TO PARDON HIM...IT IS EVEN SHAMEFUL TO REPLY FOR THIS EXCUSE..... I TRIBUTE TO THE STORY WRITER FIRST AND AN EQUAL CREDIT TO DIRECTOR AND THE LEAD ACTOR. SUNIL DUTT JI MAY HAVE DONE SOCIAL WORK TO WHAT EVER THE EXTENT BUT HIS FATHER WAS DOING DOING SOCIAL SERVICE HIS SPOILED BRAT WAS BUSY IN MOVING WITH UNDERWORLD CRIMINALS.... IS THAT EXCUSABLE....... N MOST SHAMEFUL EXCUSE YOU SIGHTED IS HE IS MARRIED WITH SMALL KIDS... KATJU SAAB IT WAS HSI 3RD MARRIAGE IF I REMEMBER..... SO BETTER NOT TALK OF MARRIAGES OF FILM STARS...... IT IS HE AND HIS LAWYERS TRIED HARD TO DRAG THE CASE SO LONG BUT NOW FAILED TO ESCAPE FROM LONG ARM OF JUSTICE....KATJU SAAB THERE ARE 1000NDS OF SUCH PEOPLE IN INDIA WHOSE CRIMES ARE PARDONABLE BUT PEOPLE LIKE YOU TALK ONLY OF PARDONING INFLUENTIAL AND CELEBRITIES....IS IT CORRECT ON PART A FORMER JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT? ....I ONLY SEE MR DUTT'S GOOD WORK AS FILM ACTOR ONLY.....FILM ACTOR .... AN ARTISTIC BUSINESS MAN.... IT IS PITY OF THE CITIZENS THAT THEY GET MORE ATTRACTED TO THOSE FILM STARS THINKING THEM OF REALITY... START EVEN ELECTING THEM AS LEADERS TOO OUT OF IGNORANCE.

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    1. yes,very correct.Even a non legal and very common man can understand that one after other bail or interim applications, filed by defense lawyers, prolonged final implementation of decision in the case.Once it was decided by trial (TADA) court,it was convict who went in appeal-NOT THE PROSECUTION.In fact,once out on bail~ by engaging costliest lawyers and filing appeal after appeal and adopting delaying tactics ~ Mr Sanjay Dutt purchased 20 years of freedom.Everyone connected with field of law,jail or social reforms knows that there are hundreds of thousands of accused in jails, awaiting beginning of court proceedings in their cases in our country.In some cases even charge-sheet is not filed in court and accused is in jail since years for a petty crime committed years ago. No legal or judicial luminary writes even for early hearing of their cases...And here suddenly everyone who is someone in our country is bleeding his heart out for Sanjay Dutt. How can one say that convict,who was roaming free on bail, suffered during pend ency of the case ?

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  28. Dear respected J Katju Sir,
    - Gandhiji died of a gun Sanjay hid it under his bed
    - Justice system has already allowed him 20years of good life
    - yes, only 42 more months in jail. He needs rest from making more money
    - yes, he got married and has 2 kids, but surprisingly did not take permission from SC for it.
    - oh ya, he did not bomb mumbai citizens, but was a friend of the person who bombed mumbai. We can pardon him, if he convinces Dawood to surrender.
    -in most criminal cases, the parents are good samaritans. Sanju is no exception,or pl let him nominate a member of his family to do the jail term for him

    Yours truely, an ordinary Indian with parents who have worked in border areas, but w/o a gun or friends with people hwo bommbed mumbai and following gandian lifestyle and never done drugs

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  29. Sir, I am waiting from you for similar appeal to Indian court and government to apologise for all false 498a arrests that happen every year in the country. I am also waiting for you appeal to Indian government to make all laws gender neutral, make Domestic Violence Act Gender Neutral, so that all men suffering of domestic violence can seek justice. I am also waiting for you to appeal to Indian Government to reduce suicide of Indian Husbands (it is double than that of wives)....I am confident, if you can appeal for a convicted and guilty person, you have the courage, without being afraid of feminist backlash, to appeal for innocent Indian Husbands suffering in the hands of biased laws and system as well...Regards, Member, Save Indian Family

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  30. While he is guilty of possessing a prohibited weapon Sanjay Dutt has been acquitted of the charges of terrorism and conspiracy. This punishment to Sanjay Dutt, is to give common man a false sense that justice has prevailed. The more disturbing fact is that this is being perceived as giving those affected by the blasts, a false sense of closure. I am not commenting on whether Sanjay Dutt deserves his punishment or not. I am just annoyed at how his sentence is being portrayed as victory against the terrorists who schemed and executed the 1993 Mumbal blasts.

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  31. I would like to narrate a quick story from Mahabharat for Mr. Katju. Four people one Priest, One Trader, one Warrior and one Gangster together murder a person. Case comes to court of Dritharashtra. After the accused found guilty king asks Suyodhan and Yudhister to proclaim sentence. Suyodhan says priest cannot be punished so he should be let free. He awards fine and jail to Trader and Warrior. And awards death to Gangster. When asked Yudhister reverses Suyodhan's verdict. Lets the Gangster free and awards death to priest. He explains a priest is learned one and knows murder is sin. Yet he committed the sin so he must be punished. Whereas the gangster does not have proper discretion of good and bad.

    SD came from a popular and responsible family. Both of his parents served as MPs. Also well educated. Yet he commits a crime as per law. Mr. Katju emulating Suyodhan to pardon someone who instead should be punished even more rigorously.

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  32. http://www.fakingnews.com/2013/03/salman-khan-to-marry-and-have-kids-to-impress-justice-katju/

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      New tricks for bollywood baddies. Earlier a bollywood baddy kills someone gets admitted to hospital with earlier date.
      Now they do not need that. Kill, get bail, get married and appeal to Katju.

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  33. Can we say the same about Mr. Modi too? For a full decade after 2002 there are no communal riots in Gujarth. Why not Mr Katju appeal to that particular community to look at development in Gujarat and forget past?

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  34. Thanks to his Grandfather's political clout, Mr. Katju has risen to this status. No surprise he wanted to pardon SD because Nargis and Sunil dutt did serve nation.

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    1. SO.Ooooo... that is the reason ? Hon'ble Judicial luminary is grandson of a Congress leader and Hon'ble (!) convict is son of a congress M.P. Oh! we didn't know it....

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  35. Late Sunil Dutt must had great foresight. He made the movie "Yeh raste hain pyaarke" under his own banner Ajanta arts. It was based on Commander Nanavati's story....
    Oops. Now it came handy got his son that Katju quotes Nanavati to help SD.

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  36. Sir,
    The circumstances of pardon in the Nanavati case bear no resemblance to that of Sanjay Dutt's conviction. The former was a case of homicide by an upright and morally sound naval officer of his wife's paramour after he allegedly refused to marry her.Though the actions of the officer are worthy of punishment, the public support in favor of the officer can be attributed to the social fabric of an era when adultery was not as acceptable as it is today. This ultimately led to public support in favor of his pardon by the polity who could ignore it no more(even if one fails to mention his close ties with the Nehru-Gandhi family).
    On the other hand , Sunjay Dutt's case presents a totally different picture. Here is a person born into an affluent and well regarded family---both his parents were household names----, received the best of education and facilities and values unlike many under privileged children of the time; yet chose to mingle in bad company and get addicted to psychotropic substances and associate with criminal elements. This person had every chance to reform himself before bringing disgrace upon his family. Even though the Hon'ble Supreme Court has not found him guilty of conspiracy, the fact that he permitted and had knowledge of the banned automatic weapon to be concealed in his bedroom in a time of great national tragedy (1993 blasts). Despite of him being in a social position of public trust---where no one would have suspected him of doing anything remotely so---- is simply a breach of public faith. Moreover he had many resources at his disposal for communicating to and assisting the authorities before the blasts.Fear of physical harm from criminals does not preclude one from doing his/her civic and moral duty.Many fine young men,far better than him ,have laid their life in the pursuit of such duty. As for him having kids, it would not be as though imprisoning the man would make them orphans and have an impact on their financial and developmental needs.The argument that he has done service to the nation in the last 20 years through his films holds no water as whatever he has done was in his professional capacity as an actor against a remuneration as do millions of Indians for their livelihood.If he is pardoned, it will send a wrong signal to the citizenry that the nature and quantum of punishment is decided based on your social standing, popularity and philanthropic deeds vis-a-vis the unbiased interpretation and enforcement of the rule of law. A case in point is the conviction of millionaire Rajat Gupta for insider trading in the USA.A strong signal to the enemies of the nation would also be sent via this punishment and would thwart their efforts to recruit sympathizers from our society by presenting an argument in favor of our weak policing, investigation and lengthy system of justice and that the influential go Scott free.
    Thank you.

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  37. Sir,
    The circumstances of pardon in the Nanavati case bear no resemblance to that of Sanjay Dutt's conviction. The former was a case of homicide by an upright and morally sound naval officer of his wife's paramour after he allegedly refused to marry her.Though the actions of the officer are worthy of punishment, the public support in favor of the officer can be attributed to the social fabric of an era when adultery was not as acceptable as it is today. This ultimately led to public support in favor of his pardon by the polity who could ignore it no more(even if one fails to mention his close ties with the Nehru-Gandhi family).
    On the other hand , Sunjay Dutt's case presents a totally different picture. Here is a person born into an affluent and well regarded family---both his parents were household names----, received the best of education and facilities and values unlike many under privileged children of the time; yet chose to mingle in bad company and get addicted to psychotropic substances and associate with criminal elements. This person had every chance to reform himself before bringing disgrace upon his family. Even though the Hon'ble Supreme Court has not found him guilty of conspiracy, the fact that he permitted and had knowledge of the banned automatic weapon to be concealed in his bedroom in a time of great national tragedy (1993 blasts). Despite of him being in a social position of public trust---where no one would have suspected him of doing anything remotely so---- is simply a breach of public faith. Moreover he had many resources at his disposal for communicating to and assisting the authorities before the blasts.Fear of physical harm from criminals does not preclude one from doing his/her civic and moral duty.Many fine young men,far better than him ,have laid their life in the pursuit of such duty. As for him having kids, it would not be as though imprisoning the man would make them orphans and have an impact on their financial and developmental needs.The argument that he has done service to the nation in the last 20 years through his films holds no water as whatever he has done was in his professional capacity as an actor against a remuneration as do millions of Indians for their livelihood.If he is pardoned, it will send a wrong signal to the citizenry that the nature and quantum of punishment is decided based on your social standing, popularity and philanthropic deeds vis-a-vis the unbiased interpretation and enforcement of the rule of law. A case in point is the conviction of millionaire Rajat Gupta for insider trading in the USA.A strong signal to the enemies of the nation would also be sent via this punishment and would thwart their efforts to recruit sympathizers from our society by presenting an argument in favor of our weak policing, investigation and lengthy system of justice and that the influential go Scott free.
    Thank you.

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  39. Because of the only reason that you may initiate defamation case on me... I am not commenting on this sir. But plainly... it is absolute rubbish!! illogical!! and shameful.

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  40. The reasons given for granting parole are ridiculous and a former SC judge and a very learned man in Justice Katju has given such rationale makes things worst.
    Pay attention to these ."parents Sunil Dutt and Nargis have worked for the good of society and the nation","his films have revived the memory of Mahatma Gandhi" went on to give a gyan on what is an automatic weapon.(As if we don't know what is it)seriously, what are you talking about Mr. Katju??
    You,being a former SC judge ,too must exercise due diligence and caution in making such immature and passionate statements. Just because people read and follow you,it does not give you a license to make such silly and immature comments.Otherwise people will stop listening to him.
    It was certainly not the Markandey Katju that we have utmost respect for.Sorry.

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  41. The film personalities in this country portray themselves to be the first-class citizens who live the life flawlessly.

    Why is Dutt's plight being projected as if he was some great freedom fighter who kept arms to fight the mighty colonial masters? Is this glamourisation of the criminality is a great thing to do for the elite media and glamour world?

    This blind admiration of the elite, for the elite and by the elite is an integral part of the Indian way of living today

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    1. absolutely right.
      Even if he has made a movie on the life of Mahatama Gandhi,how does that translate into granting parole to him. and, how the hell on earth the good deeds of his father should give him a parole for the crime he committed

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  42. There are thousands of people jailed for minor offences than Sanjay Dutt. Mr. Katju i did not see you advocating pardon for these people. Hypocrisy at its finest form.

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  43. I would like to make five quick points
    1. The same Justice Katju was criticizing the media for publishing stories about the death of a bollywood star on the first page and not in a startling U-turn is conveniently ignoring the fact that what this bollywood actor did was an act against the nation. Katju is now putting this bollywood star over the national interest.
    2. He makes a point that Sanjay Dutt suffered a lot in last 20 years. But that is entirely his doing. And his problems of not getting a loan or not being able to go abroad according to hi whims and fancies are negligible compared to those whose lives have been completely destroyed due to delayed justice. Take those young guys from Hyderabad who were lifted for being involved in terrorist attacks. Moreover, it was Sanjay Dutt who decided to go to Supreme court against the ruling of TADA court knowing fully well that it will cause further delay in sentencing.
    3. People like Sadhvi Pragya, who is rotting in jail for years without any charge sheet and she does not even get a bail to visit her ailing father. Sanjay Dutt's father who apparently was a great social worker used all his political connections to get release orders for his son who was arrested for an antinational activity. In fact, Sanjay used his family name as a shield to hide such deadly weapons from the law-enforcement agencies. He should have been given the strictest of punishments.
    4. He makes a point that Sanjay Dutt is not a terrorist. Of course not. If he was one, he wouldn't be let off after merely five years in jail.
    5. Sanjay Dutt is married is another ridiculously funny point. You are right Mr. Katju, if he was unmarried or divorced, he should have been jailed for 10 and 5 years respectively. The fact that he married thrice, according to equation (3), his term comes down to 18 months which he has already served.

    Mr. Katju is the king of hypocrisy. He is the most arrogant person at any important position in India today. Only Manishakar Iyer could come close if he were a minister.

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  44. This is the first time I visited your blog Mr. Katju. The background of your blog appears to be filled with books. If only you had read and understood them, you wouldn't writing such articles.

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  45. Out of us 90% idiots (mere mortals)..you SIR are genius !!

    This kinda logic can only be drawn by a GEM like you ...

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  46. I would be glad to know which other people you have supported for pardon, and how many of them are not well-known personalities. Because justice is not supposed to be different for introverts and less resourced.

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  47. What rubbish....quite unbelievable that this man was once supreme court judge.

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  48. Dear Sir,

    Your appeal to Maharashtra Governor to pardon Sanjay Dutt even before his sentence awarded by Supreme Court could be executed is an unfortunate thing. This is a stark reminder of the sorry state of affairs in our country where law punishes only the poor and ordinary man harshly but the crimes of rich are treated as venial offences even by leading public intellectuals. Sanjay Dutt has been found guilty of breach of a law and there is no reason why he should be given any preferential treatment. Would any poor and ordinary person guilty of violating Arms Act be treated in the same way? Have you made such appeals for the poor also? Your suggestion makes a mockery of the equality code of the Constitution and undermines the majesty of law.

    As a citizen of India, I am gravely disappointed and as a student of law, you have undermined my belief in the majesty of law and idea of equality.

    Thanks for opening my eyes.

    Regards
    R

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  49. What about the money Sanjay Dutt gave to buy weapons to underworld ? The money like this would have financed them for Bombay blasts.
    Celebrities should be punished as any other common citizens.

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  50. Sir, if the child can't be held accountable for parents' misdeeds, how can parents' good deeds be cited for pardoning the child? Isn't this against well established principles of jurisprudence?

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  51. Mr. Katju, you are one courageous and sensible man. I respect you for taking this stand.

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  52. Respected Mr Katju, you have rise many public interest issue many time but this time you r wrong. No doubt Sanjay Dutt is well known celebrity , Law is equal for all. If govt excuse Sanjay's punishment , there would be wrong message to people. It means if one who are celebrity or well known political family, cann't access punishment. Many persons in Jail who are punished by court in offense of non-leniency weapon like Desi Pistol, but sanjay had AK 47 and purchased from whose who r master mind of mumbai blast.



    Rajeev K Bishnoi

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  53. Dear Justice (Rtd) Katzu,
    Most of the reasons given by you provide good laughter!
    Thanks a lot for that.

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  54. There is a serious need for moral science courses for Judges in our Judge entry exams!

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  55. Dear Sir

    Is the law different for the common man and a celebrity actor?

    We have never heard of this mercy petition under Article 161 of the Constitution of India by your office or when you held the prestigious position as a Justice (and not only a Judge) of the Supreme Court for any other common man.

    You will appreciate the fact that a Supreme Court Judge is abstracted as 'Justice' himself and your comments owe a place in newspapers and newsrooms because you once held this position. Whilst since you have retired, you have done great dis-service to the institutions of justice by your 'IDIOTIC' comments.

    Pray that you refrain from interfering with the political and judicial processes in India and retire in peace.

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  56. sharm bhi sharma jaye aapse,jolog mare geye unki family ko apki media nahi dikha rahi,lolypop(wepon)rakhnewala bechara or modi jo nirdos sabit ho chuka unko aaj bhi media dosi dikha rahi hy

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  57. Completely illogical and ludicrous. I support your views on freedom of speech etc but this is completely silly.

    Every human who is repentent deserves a second chance, but after due punishment. Unlike the hundreds who died partly because of him, Sanjay minted money, had affairs, married and had kids in the 20 years. His lousy life is not because of anyone else but him. He comes from a privileged family and yet didnt have the sense to behave appropriately.

    Sanjay Dutt didnt bring out the relevance of Mahatma for Mahatmas sake but because he was paid to do so and boy did he rake in the money.

    He deserves the sentence and he has to pay for his deeds.

    I am happy you were not the Judge.

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  58. I thought having fully imbibed philosophy of Gandhiji, SD will not seek mercy and accept the punishment as per the law.

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  59. I feel a little annoyed with the comments above.I feel there is no favoritism in his plea for the mercy. I guess there is a huge cry because a celebrities name is involved in it. If someone commits a crime should he/she be tormented till death? Is that what we call justice? Its the criminal within that needs to be killed from any person and Sanjay Dutt has repented a lot for his mistake. He did all that when he was young and young blood is often impulsive and immature. But he has grown a lot and understood his mistake and that is the whole purpose of justice. I dont see how 2/3 or 5 yrs will make a huge difference.Calm down people.And remember what Gandhi said-Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

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    1. you must heared "Rule of Law" you might be a fan of Sunjay Dutt. but his release will raise many question.. I think people should restrain from commenting if they do not consider the gravity or do not have the legal expertise.

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  60. Have you ever made such appeal regarding a poor convict ?

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  61. Do u know Sir 1.8L people/yr including 90yr women send to jail like #SanjayDutt on presumption in #304B #498A why u sleep then? In #Rape cases also people convected mear aligation on Presumption there was sex let it be with consent or without consent? How you never aks to perdon for them? Is it all 150crs game sir, please reply your double standard .

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  62. Dear Mr. Katju !!

    How many times in the past have you posted similar 'Petition for Mercy' on behalf of ordinary citizens who have either been wrongly convicted and/or languishing in jails and waiting for justice. Your reasons supporting Sanjay Dutt's acquittal are superfluous and illogical.

    I have a mercy petition for you as well. Please stop torturing us with your poor wits and foolish imaginations. I need not remind you of similar acts that you have done in the past. Give us a break please !!

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  63. Do u know Sir 1.8L people/yr including 90yr women send to jail like #SanjayDutt on presemption in #304B #498A why u sleep then? Should had been appricated if u perdon those people convected on #False rape case on presumption that there was physical realtion let it be on promise marriage or any think else.

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  64. Indian honed and skilled criminals delay/evade Law/ Justice/ punishments for very very long time and negotiate the same community / society/ nation on the changed circumstances. This has been modus operandi of seasoned criminals in India.
    Don't believe? see around.

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    1. This mentality breeds among criminals since childhood in India. First they break family rules, then traffic rules. They negotiate their crime with traffic police by way of bribes of any and all kind. Then their minds are conditioned in India that punishments are negotiable and can be evaded by bribing, witnesses, Justices, Law enforcement agencies. Such lacunae are exploited even by Law graduates/ Advocates/ Police among all sections of society.

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    2. Another common illegal/criminal practice among Indians is "breach of confidentiality". This has become genetic habit / social culture/tradition/ritual/norm here. Upbringing of newborns happen in such atmosphere of 1.breaching confidentiality and 2.breaking family / traffic rules/laws in India.
      What precedent such an Indian would set for the world to follow? What degree / gradient of Civilisation as an Indian we are practising? Where do we stand as a global citizen today?

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    3. Skilled / socially seasoned criminals hide / take refuge behind innocents and victims who seek pity/pardon/peace "Daya Kshama Shanti" . Its every patriot's responsibility to eradicate those.

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    4. Do it yourself : Gauge / measure the Average Law/Justice abiding index of Indians & its Leaders. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/maha-mlas-unite-in-faceoff-with-cops-over-colleagues-arrest/1091905/

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  65. Mr. Katju, i am not sure how can you be so naive in saying so. How can law be a function of one's parents services to the nation or accolades they got in the process. Thank god, you are not saying that i will kill someone and by virtue of serving law for so many years, i should be pardoned. He had done a mistake..let him go through the punishment. Period.

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  66. What message will the pardoning (assumed) of SD, send to the investigating officer/agency who even risked his/their life to dig out the roots and root causes of the whole episode of 12 March 1993.

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  67. Till yesterday even I had the same opinion what others have now, but now after reading your blog I have changed a bit, mercy Plea is sanjay dutt's right and now because he has been transformed, governor or president can reduce his sentence. But if he has been pardon, Does it not leave a question that popular, rich and powerful are untouchable and remain unpunished in the society? why all other accused has been guilty of terrorist act and why not sanjay dutt? why interogation of all other accused was done by YC Pawar whereas sanjay dutt was handed directly to CBI?

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  69. The delay of 20 years is not an exception in the Indian legal system. This is the case with most judicial proceedings in India – so what you are suggesting is in effect taking a softer standard for a celebrity.

    The judgment does take notice of the fact that he has undergone 18 months in jail, and allows the time undergone in jail to be adjusted. What you are suggesting is the decision of sentencing in the first place, which as you would know, is the discretion of the judge. I’m curious, would you be very happy if someone questioned your judgment?

    And I hardly think that marriage and having children, or the philanthropic bent of family members, or the nature of some of the movies in which he starred in the capacity of an actor (his profession!) warrant any extenuating consideration.

    What you expose here is the very very dangerous temptation of bias, which unfortunately dilutes the impact of other relevant observations that you have made in the past, or may make in the future.

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  70. The comments on this blog is a classic example of our infamous "Herd Mentality"... Since we don't have the guts to stand alone against the Powerful System, hence whenever somebody from "that" strata falls on our Terra Firma, we jump like pack of hungry wolves & try to take revenge of our exploitation by tearing him/her apart... This is a reaction of a completely frustrated & depressed society... We all have lost touch with our individual sensitive souls in the daily grind of meeting our both ends...

    Why are we all venting their ire against an already cornered convict?

    Does it make any difference to any of us if a certain Mr.Dutt is punished or pardoned?? If yes, then please enlighten me how... And if no, why bother???

    This is exactly how a Mob behaves when they catch a prey... All pent up anger against the failures in our regular life or angst against the system is vented out on that poor soul & is beaten to near death situation before handing them over to Law...

    C'mon, we all are angry because of something or the other; may be Inflation, may be bad personal equations, may be of a bad work place... But that doesn't mean we should pour that acid on someone who has absolutely nothing to do with it...

    Remember, we all are taught in our childhood that "Kshama Daan is Maha Daan"... I am neither FOR nor AGAINST anyone or anybody; but I detest this un-necessary hue & cry against Mr.Katju's appeal... Although the points stated as ground for Pardoning doesn't feel justified enough but reference to a Condition Precedent is valid... The Law is mature enough to reject or accept the plea...

    Last but not the least, I seriously doubt how many of us have any iota of knowledge about Law of the Land... Because if we respect the Law & want Law to be enforced, then its a common sense that if the architects of Constitution of India which governs Law of this Land has kept a provision of Pardoning, then there must be some sense in it, isn't it???"

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  71. You know some time back Kadju said 90% of Indians are fools/Idiots. Now I am very well sure he is the idiot and a fool to come with such stupid argument.
    I think it's time to review all his judgements

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  72. Mr Katju do u know he has played gangster role as well...u cannot compare his acts in the films...he potrayed gandhi and all bla bla bla...His father did all good work agreed but what good he has done for the society.Why mercy Mr Katju

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  73. there is different law for rich and famous ppl and different law for poor and common ppl??..dere is lot ppl convicted for just possession of illegal arms .den 1 persn can get let off jst bcaz of famous?wot abt othrs??

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  74. mumnna bhai got paid for his act.. it is just for money not for social cause..

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  75. Katju Saab, please let it go now.

    You were a very ordinary Judge who did nothing of significance during his career.

    God only knows why you have been unleashed on Press Council. This write up from you pretty well sums up why, ancient traditions of India recommend VAAN-PRASTHA...or proceeding to Himalayas for people who have nothing further to offer to society and should spend their remaining years praying and meditating!

    Bye!

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  76. I respect Mr. Katju for his contribution as a judge and I presume he knows his jurisprudence better than most who have posted their comments here (including myself). However, though I follow his blog and comments in the media regularly, I disagree with his plea for pardon for Sanjay Dutt. I have several reasons for the same -
    1. Sanjay Dutt was old enough to know the consequences of possessing an unlicensed weapon, that too at the height of communal strife in 1993, when he was caught with the same. So, he can't be deemed to be 'innocently' possessing the dangerous AK47 assault rifle which even policemen won't have except with special sanction.
    2. Sanjay has had privileged upbringing and has greatness thrust on him, thanks to his illustrious parents, not of his own accord. Hence, he has all the more reason to uphold the high standards of probity and morality than do 'commoners'.
    2. Besides, being a film star, he's considered a role-model for hordes of youth who are obviously influenced by his actions - legal and illegal.
    3. One's parents' good work can't be a basis for pardon / leniency for their wayward wards. Hence, despite Sunil & Nargis Dutt's contribution to society, Sanjay has remained a delinquent and the original enfant terrible (before his close buddy Salman Khan usurped that epithet) of Bollywood, setting a wrong precedent for his fans and the youth.
    4. Most civilized societies (read Western Countries) award harsher punishment to those who are influential celebrities as their demeanour influences many who idolize them. Similarly, when law enforcers break the law, they are awarded stricter punishment than would commoners get. I agree with such a premise, that those in responsible or influential positions ought to demonstrate greater dignity and morality, as their actions are more closely followed by many people, leading to good / bad consequences. So, unless such high & mighty get the punishment they richly deserve, they will tend to take law lightly and abuse their position more often (which is already known in many cases).
    Let this be a lesson for celebrities that their otherwise sparkling personalities can't bail them out of legal wrangles and they are expected to abide by the law of the land as much as every citizen of India does.

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  77. ya sanju sir must be given pardon as he is not the 1 who has done and has already been 2 jail 4 18 months..........so he mst be pardon

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  78. Is MR Judge is producer of any of his Movie ?

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  79. banana country n we r banana people
    thanks justice katju

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  80. you also should bat for Mukthar Anshari, Daud father was also police cop,he also serve for nation.Whoa not accepted fom you.

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  81. So Mr Pseudo Secular declares Guj CM Modi culpable despite no evidence and clean chit from SIT but wants pardon for a convicted criminal who had ties with terrorists known to be the most wanted criminals of India. I just have one Q to ask, what if the 93 blasts had targeted Muslim majority localities and most of the victims were muslims? Would the Almighty HRH Fmr SC Judge Mr Katju ask pardon for Sanjay Dutt if he was a right wing Hindu? Your views on Modi and now this only prove you are a Pseudo Secular cheapo. Disgusted of your ilk.

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  82. I am glad you retired as a judge, but at the same time I am very worried that someone like you is still holding a key position of Chairman, Press Council of India

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  83. Your Lordship,
    With all due respect I just wanted to say this is the most atrocious thing that could ever come from a Judge.
    Are you saying you can do any crime and get away with it if You start behaving like a holy man afterwards.
    First,
    "His parents Sunil Dutt and Nargis worked for the good of society and the nation. Sunil Dutt and Nargis often went to border areas to give moral support to our brave jawans and did other social work for society".
    Seriously ! if my parents have done good does it absolve my criminal liability ?
    Second,
    "Sanjay in this period of 20 years has through his film revived the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and the message of Gandhiji, the father of the nation".
    This doesn't even make sense.That too coming from a person of your position
    Guilty should be punished for the offense he committed.
    I had great respect for your views but now I think I'am never going read this blog complete madness.


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  84. Dear Sir,

    You have really made me think, if Judiciary overall, also thinks the way Justice Katju thinks for famous people who are convicted to find a espace.

    You should have been hugely worried about the ages it takes in India to deliver Justice(20 Years).

    You should be worried Justice delayed is Justice denied.(Than justice should be tempered with mercy)

    You should be worried, we do not become a dynastic society and parents good deed do not influence the crimes and justice system.(His parents Sunil Dutt and Nargis worked for the good of society.....)

    You should be worried time and again Rich Powerful Famous and Connected people twist the law and investigation.Many such unfortunate people have also have family and children but no money and connections. (Sanjay Dutt has got married, and they have two small children.)

    But, one thing now i know, how much rewarding the post of Governor can be. Is Justice Katju targeting the post of Governor next???

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  85. RESPECTED SIR ITS SEEMS THAT YOUR ALL LOGICS IN FAVOUR OF TO PARDON MR. DUTT IS NOT LIKE A SUPREME COURT FORMER JUDGE VIEW.ITS ALL LIKE A 'LAYPERSON' VIEW , THANK GOD YOU ARE NOTHING MORE A SUPREME COURT JUDGE.ART. 14 OF OUR CONSTITUTION SAY EQUALITY BEFORE LAW, IF MR DUTT WILL GET FREE IT WILL BE TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL.THERE MUST NOT BE TWO LAW ONE FOR 'HAVES' AND ANOTHER FOR 'HAVES NOT'.

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  87. Sanjay Dutt had 3xAK-56 rifles,9xmagazines,450 cartridges+over 20 hand grenades-Weapons only a terrorists has. Even Kasab had 1/3 of that..........rest people decide

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  88. You pardon Sanjay Dutt because he promoted Gandhigiri through Munnabhai. By that logic he also promoted Goondagardi in Khalnayak & Vaastav , killing innocent people in Agneepath. Being a Judge dont you think your comment stand invalid. However, i'd request you to do similar analysis of all the victims of that event organized by the friends of your so-called innocent actor. I respect you for your views but sometimes you need to see both side of coin.

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  89. Utterly wrong sir!! Stupid points. I dont believe you batted for this. A person earning crores gave peanuts to society. You count this charity work?? Have you considered the trauma that the 267 and thousands of indirectly affected families had to face because of the incident? He just kept an illegal weapon, but the law says 5 yrs for that. If you say he should be pardoned, then I put a pan request that all convictions pardonable outside court by Government functionaries need to be pardoned outright without personal requests from anyone. Game??

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  90. It's true that justice should be tampered with mercy, but should not be abolished with sympathy.

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  91. "Sanjay in this period of 20 years has through his film revived the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and the message of Gandhiji, the father of the nation." This is very funny to me. sanjay dutt is a film actor he has acted as a villain in many movies, so should we appeal to the governor that he has advocated violence and hence should be arrested? With that logic Amrish Puri, pran are in big trouble. Justice Katju Kush hua?

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  92. Sir,

    While one understands the sympathy for a particular young person, there was not need to make a case for one individual. I wish that you channelize your energy towards improving the institutes which are making thousands of under-trail suffer. Why only Sanjay? Is law is different for different people?

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  93. your publicity is outstanding sir, now u cud fill d candidature form for 2014 elections. I hv also suffered lot during many years & also 2 smll boys, also spreading thoughts of many kranti vir like Savrkar,could you save me if i hv weapon stock to clean the fraudulent & Pakistan lover secular peoples?

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  94. Just because this guy has given couple of hit movies on Munna bhai series; should he walk Scott free in spite the crime he did?? He has accepted to the police that he knows well in advance about the blast which he later retracted and get off before the lousiest prosecution. What Makes you to demand for clemency? Why are we Indians so soft on the criminals? Just like supreme court said those who planted the bomb does not fall under "rarest of the rare" category; Politicians are saying the decision is unjust... Yes Mr Katju; you'r right; 90% of Indians are fool alas! you too are behaving like one of them!

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  95. Sir, I watched the NDTV show yesterday where you staged a walk out. I wish you did not do that. I wish you did not castigate the anchor the way you did. You lost many fans and a whole lot of goodwill at that very moment. I am sure you have heard of SATYAM BRUYAT (which is yr blog)PRIYAM BRUYAT - NA BRUYAT PRIYAM APRIYAM Regards, Reddy

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  96. http://simplykalam-kalam.blogspot.in/2013/03/the-strange-reasoning-of-mr-katju.html

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  97. Mr. Katju, going by what you said, every accused who has spent sometime in jail during the trial should let go scot free because of a prolonged trail.

    How long the trial goes is a matter of fact?

    A person having got married for third time, having billions of rupees in property, swanky bikes n cars and kids from the age 20 years to 2 years is "tortured".

    If that's the criterion, then there are thousands of people in the country who are in much worst position then him, u never sounded concerned from him, why?

    Since you are still holding a position which can influence, your act clearly amounts to influencing the delivery of justice. A highly shameful act from a person of your stature.

    So your next post will be for saving Saif Ali Khan and Salman Khan in poaching case because ever they have been tortured for 15 years and the matter is still in the trial court.

    No doubt, as long as we have people like you in this country, justice would for rich only and not for ordinary citizens.

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  98. http://agreatlie.blogspot.in/2013/03/court-had-awarded-5-years-sentence-to.html

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  99. one thing i agree with justice kadju is every person must have speedy trail .if a person state cant meet its burden then obvious choice is to found him not guilty. i am sure in sanjay dut case and salman khan case there is some foul play or state of India does not have enough mechanism to meet its burden which is finding the proof to convict them. it is not fair or just to keep any person in prison until you find proof to convict him.

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  100. one thing i agree with justice kadju is every person must have speedy trail .if a person state cant meet its burden then obvious choice is to found him not guilty. i am sure in sanjay dut case and salman khan case there is some foul play or state of India does not have enough mechanism to meet its burden which is finding the proof to convict them. it is not fair or just to keep any person in prison until you find proof to convict him.

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  101. Mr. Katju talked about right to speech, Wow I made some point at his face book Page (when he defended himself on Government servant issue and compare the chairman of PCI as Jusdge of S.C.) I raised the question that the salary paid by government to Chairman of PCI but S.C. Judged paid by Consolidated fund of India..you aredoing wrong comparison to junta when... he blocked me... this is the standard of Mr. Katju.

    Kapil K. Aggarwal
    Practising Advocate at High Court

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    1. You ought to be disqualified and blocked. On this one, I support Justice Katju. What the hell have you written? and you are practicing advocate?

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    3. you are just blind fellow of Mr. Katju or mr. Katju itself which unknown Id,
      I know a language of civilized person I am a professional. I raise just valid point about the payment done by Government for Chairmen of PCI while The Judge of High Court paid from the consolidated fund of Republic of India. Rebut the argument given by Mr. Katju which he is giving to Aam Janta who do not know the detail of law.

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    4. and Now the detail of Case has emerged out in Media..SO you should rational applied your mind and think what this person is asking ... their is the term as "Rule of Law". Just Checked the detail of case and then think what he is doing and saying... you know i used to admire Mr. Katju and a friend of my a reputed Advocate too talked bad about him and I argued him in past. but now I realized he was right. this man (I would not prefer to use world "Justice' as he is no longer hold that institute and he should him self stopped calling him justice now") now seems full of egos(which shows in him interviews) and irrational views.

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    5. and for your help read this ..

      http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sanjay-dutt-did-more-than-just-keep-a-gun-for-selfprotection-in-1993/1092232/

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  102. यह कल्‍पना कर ही ह्रदय सि‍हर उठता है कि यदि इस मामले में सर्वोच्‍च न्‍यायालय के पूर्व न्‍यायाधीश श्री मार्कंडेय काटजू को नि‍र्णय सुनाना होता तो नि‍र्णय क्‍या होता । एक अपराधी ससम्‍मान बरी कर दि‍या जाता और न्‍याय की देवी स्‍वयं को नंगा कि‍या जाता देखने पर वि‍वश होती । देश के आम लोगों की तो कोई बि‍सात/औकात ही नहीं है ।

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  103. Most of the people posted comments here did not think of fundamental concept of punishment.

    All punishments, except capital punishment, are aimed at reforming the offender.

    I think that no purpose will be served by sending Sanjay Dutt to jail for 3.5 year more after lapse of 20 years. Since the Supreme Court has already pronounced the Judgment, the option of pardon is required to exercised.

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  104. Chit bhi apka , Pat bhi apka, kaise chalenga sir

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  105. "1993 Bombay blasts: same crime, different punishment"....... Mr Justice Katju, will u support pardoning of Zaibunissa Qazi (71 Years)

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  106. Dear Mr. Katju
    I request you to kindly replace Sanjay Dutt and go to jail, so that there is some justice in your words. You can sacrifice something of your life to the nation by serving Sanjay's jail term.

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  107. You are a bad man, Katju. I hope they jail you with Dutt. You can do all gandhigiri there together.

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  108. An open letter to Mr Markandey Katju
    http://ravijournal.blogspot.com/2013/03/an-open-letter-to-mr-markandey-katju.html

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  109. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sanjay-dutt-did-more-than-just-keep-a-gun-for-selfprotection-in-1993/1092232/0

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  110. OB Van Politics of once almost worshipped J Katju_relevant quotes from SC judgment dtd 21/3/13 about Begum Zaibunisa Anwar Kazi,whose Daughter says Salem was coming to Begum Kazi's house as property dealer .She should be asked about how many property deals Salem has managed or even tried for Begum Kazi's family.Repeat offence is taken very seriously in law,in fact.
    (Reason) quote"It is indeed true that
    considering the role played by her in storing the weapons
    in her house or even for A-89 being also instrumental for
    taking the said weapons does create a strong suspicion of
    both of them being man of confidence of prime
    conspirator."unquote

    (Reason ) quote"(34) However, considering the repeated participation of A-
    119 in allowing absconding accused Anees Ibrahim to store
    the weapons at her house or with her, herself taking up the
    weapons in spite of knowing the purpose for which the
    same were sent by Anees, the evidence pertaining to
    second occasion clearly revealing that the weapons were 2
    AK-56 Rifles and the ammunition and thereby all the
    evidence establishing that the same being brought to India
    for commission of terrorists Act i.e. by and for the
    terrorists,"unquote
    (Reason ) quote"(32)Now considering the period in which the
    relevant had occurred and the period after which the police
    had received the information, merely because evidence
    does not reveal of any material being found at the house of
    A-119 will not be a ground for discarding the said material
    in the confession of A-89. As a matter of fact, event the
    said material itself reveals that the said weapons were to
    be kept with her and were to be collected back by Abu
    Salem; non-finding of weapon with her clearly appears to
    be insignificant circumstance. "unquote

    (Reason ) quote"Retracted Confessions:

    38) It has been contended that since the confession of the
    appellant - Sanjay Dutt (A-117) has been retracted, hence, it
    is not trustworthy and it would not be safe to place reliance
    upon it. It is settled law that a voluntary and free
    confession, even if later retracted, can be relied upon."unquote


    (Reason ) -recorded on pages 40-41 in clause 21of judgment in criminal appeal no 1060 of 2007.Quote"Confessional Statement of Manzoor Ahmed Sayyed
    Ahmed (A-89)

    i) A-89 was a good friend of Abu Salem.
    ii) He owns a Maruti 1000 bearing No. MP 23 B-9264.
    iii) On 22/23rd January, 1993, A-89 met A-139. A-139 gave
    the keys of his car to A-41 who kept a black bag of
    weapons in it.
    iv) A-139 and A-89 then went to the first floor of 22 Mount
    Mary, Vidhyanchal Apts. They gave the bag to an old lady, viz., Zaibunisa Anwar Kazi (A-119) and told her
    that the arms were for the purpose of causing riots, and
    were sent by Anees Ibrahim - brother of Dawood
    Ibrahim.
    v) A-119 looked at the contents of the bag and then kept
    it at her residence.
    vi) After 8 days, A-139 called A-89 again and together with
    A-40, they went to the residence of A-117 where he
    gave them a blue rexin bag and a carton.
    vii) Abu Salem and A-89 then went to the house of A-119
    and gave the carton and the bag to her. Abu Salem
    told A-119 to keep those weapons safely as they were
    to be used for orchestrating bomb blasts."unquote

    First such bomb blast must not be used by anyone for furthering ambitions of cheap politics or mishandling will bring situation like forgotten plight of Kashmiri Pandits even by J Katju because highlighting plights of Kashmiri Pandits will not make him Governor or Rajya Sabha MP and he must benevolently consider resigning in the name of unwritten propriety which he professed frequently in judgments in HC and SC, from present salaried post for not focussing in his job like former army chief,although projecting honest image.

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  111. To prove repeated( twice in 8 days,non-recovery circumstantially proves use in blasts) acceptance of hand granades and ammunition after listening that Anees Ibrahim Kaskar (friend of jewellery designer daughter,due to whom she didn't allegedly marry,owning 3 Cr flat even when father not alive )brother of Dawood sent explosives for bomb blasts,checking by opening bag by Bugum Kazi in presence of confessional statement of A-40 Hanif Kandawala,A-139-then absconder Abu Salem,A-119 Begum Zaibunnisa Kazi,A-117 Sanjay Dutt, all corroborating


    Dear Mr Justice,
    Mostrespectfully ,let me quote page 40-41 of Judgment in appeal by A-117 no 1060 of 2007-
    Quote"Confessional Statement of Manzoor Ahmed Sayyed
    Ahmed (A-89)
    Confessional statement of A-89 under Section 15 of
    TADA was duly recorded on 24.05.1993 (11:15 hrs.) and
    26.05.1993 (17:30 hrs.) by Shri Krishan Lal Bishnoi (PW-193)
    the then DCP, Zone III, Bombay. The said confession reveals
    as under:
    i) A-89 was a good friend of Abu Salem.
    ii) He owns a Maruti 1000 bearing No. MP 23 B-9264.
    iii) On 22/23rd January, 1993, A-89 met A-139. A-139 gave
    the keys of his car to A-41 who kept a black bag of
    weapons in it.
    iv) A-139 and A-89 then went to the first floor of 22 Mount
    Mary, Vidhyanchal Apts. They gave the bag to an oldlady, viz., Zaibunisa Anwar Kazi (A-119) and told her
    that the arms were for the purpose of causing riots, and
    were sent by Anees Ibrahim - brother of Dawood
    Ibrahim.
    v) A-119 looked at the contents of the bag and then kept
    it at her residence.
    vi) After 8 days, A-139 called A-89 again and together with
    A-40, they went to the residence of A-117 where he
    gave them a blue rexin bag and a carton.
    vii) Abu Salem and A-89 then went to the house of A-119
    and gave the carton and the bag to her. Abu Salem
    told A-119 to keep those weapons safely as they were
    to be used for orchestrating bomb blasts..."unquote
    May kindly like to peruse for curative petition soas to pray for life imprisonment to Begum Kazi and also investigating role of her daughter living beyond means due to popularly alleged friendship with the prime conspirator Annes Bhai brother of Dawood Bhai..,

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  112. The Honorable Supreme Court should take note of the way in which the mercy appeal is made by Justice Katju, who was once one of their own fraternity member, on illogical and frivolous grounds.It clearly proves his professional incompetency as being a Judge of Supreme Court.

    "IT SHOULD IMMDEDIATELY REVOKE ALL JUDGEMENTS GIVEN BY JUSTICE KATJU,DELIVERED EARLIER IN HIS CAPACITY AS SUPREME COURT JUDGE, AND CALL FOR A RETRIAL OF THE SAME. OTHERWISE A GRAVE INJUSTICE WILL BE DONE BY THE SUPREME COURT FOR TOLERATING SUCH REMARKS AND KEEPING SILENT."

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  113. Ref inappropriate appeal for Pardon dtd 28/3/13,by Retd Justice Katju ignoring ammunition including 25 hand granades thrown on poors in Machhimar Jhoparpatti being recd by Sanjay Dutt(33 then and educated in best schools thus exposed to law reading regularly newspapers) in full active discussion as per enclosed confessions in
    Dear Mr President/Mr Prime Minister/Mr Home Minister
    Mostrespectfully ,I have to bring on record that 2 fit cases of life imprisonment has been benevolently turned into few years of detention by Hon'ble Supreme Court.In full knowledge of handgranades recorded as under by SC ,Justice Katju is belittling SC by saying Self-defence when Dutts already had 3 licences of weapons.
    Begum Kaji receives ammunitions twice in 8 days,after checking the bag,both times being told that they will be used in Bombay blasts.Retracted statement when taken under TADA act with due procedure giving 48 hrs of time is still admissible.Justice Katju misleading President and PM by writing "a Prohibited weapon"while Sanjay Dutt kept handgranades which were later barbarically thown on SCHEDULED CASTES of Machhimar colony.If educated men of 34 years could not understand 25 handgranades brought by gangsters to Mumbai and accepts those on phone call by Annes Ibrahim Kaskar,brother of Dawwod,only J Katju can recommend him pardon to become political executive soon.
    In case of Bugum Zaibunissa Anwar Kazi,who received handgranades etc with due checking by her twice in 8 days with full declaration of purpose of use in Bombay blasts,Life sentence is a fit case and CBI must be advised to file Curative petition for greater punishment to her.
    J Katju is doing OB van politics like Arvind Kejriwal by taking only cases which will bring him media attention.Letters of mine citing relevant confessions recorded in SC Judgments is chosen to be ignored by J Katju.Which is similarly unfortunate as he rushed to appeal to Governor ,who does not have powers in Arms Act.Now writing to President and to feign his ignorance of law sending copies to PM and HM and not to Governor.On lighter note,J Katju is danger to employment of similar politician practicing appeasement like Digvijay Singh.
    Letters written to J Katju follow with the request to dismiss him from salaried post for misleading President and PM by selective citations and causing instability in state by belittling SC sitting in salaried position and hurting sentiments of majority community thus demanding the impossible to cause rift between 2 communities.
    high regards,
    Navien Maxwell
    28/3/13

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  114. http://tehelka.com/how-the-star-escaped-tada/
    257 people were reduced to a heap of mangled limbs and charred torsos.
    AUTHORS :ASHISH KHETAN
    HARINDER BAWEJA
    2007-03-24 ,

    Maria told Sanjay to tell his father the truth, and Sanjay conceded that he had been in possession of an assault rifle and some ammunition that he had got from Anees Ibrahim. Sunil Dutt wanted to know the reason why. He was not prepared for the answer: “Because I have Muslim blood in my veins. I could not bear what was happening in the city.” A crestfallen Sunil Dutt left the police headquarters. It was a moment almost worse than the shock of the previous day.

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  117. According to Mr.Katju, Sanjay Dutt deserves Bharat Ratna. But unfortunately SC has convicted him.

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