Priya Dutt talks of moving state Guv for pardon

New Delhi : Congress MP from North Central Mumbai Priya Dutt has indicated that it is only logical that they will explore the option of seeking pardon from the Maharashtra governor for her brother Sanjay Dutt.

Priya Dutt talks of moving state Guv for pardon

Led by the Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju there has been a chorus of voices demanding that the Maharashtra governor in exercise of powers vested in him should grant the Bollywood actor a pardon.

Priya’s statement to the media indicates that the actor could explore this option as well, more so as she feels that “If the purpose of incarceration is reform and punishment for crime committed, then I believe he has undergone both.”

But in the same statement, Priya has observed: “As a family, we accept the judgement of the honourable. Supreme Court, and we stand strong together in this trying time to give each other the strength and courage. Sanjay has been strong and has accepted the decision of the honourable court.”

Reflecting on the course of events in the past two decades, Priya has said: A 20-year-ordeal has finally come to an end. 20 years is a lifetime for most people. In Sanjay’s case this has been a lifetime of

tension and anxiety, a lifetime of repentance and reform, a lifetime of punishment and trial. For Sanjay, versions of verdicts have been passed on him throughout these years. He has been judged by all during these 20 years and sometimes in the most harsh ways. Yet he has stood strong and firm, normalised his life, served society, helped and stood by his colleagues, friends and family and is today one of the most dependable people in the film fraternity Thanking all those who have supported them, she has added:”It is in your lowest moment that we can truly know your friends.”.

Jethmalani debunks Katju claim

New Delhi: The Maharashtra Governor lacks power to pardon Sanjay Dutt, senior lawyer and BJP leader Mahesh Jethmalani today said criticising Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju for his “unseemly haste” in seeking relief for the actor sentenced to 5 years jail for possessing arms during 1993 Mumbai blasts. He said Katju has written a “wholly misconceived” letter to the Governor and others, including Law Minister Ashwani Kuma and I&B Minister Manish Tewary, members of film fraternity and office bearers of Congress, NCP and Samajwadi parties “have jumped on to his ex-Lordship’s bandwagon”.

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