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Saturday 20 December 2014

Bollywood star jailed on gun charge

FILE - In this June 19, 2007 file photo, Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, center, is frisked by a policeman upon his arrival at a special court trying the cases of those accused in the 1993 Mumbai bombings in Mumbai, India. India's Supreme Court has sentenced Dutt to five years in jail for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to the 1993 bombing that killed 257 people in Mumbai. The court on Thursday, March 21, 2013, ordered Dutt to surrender to police within four weeks on the charge of possessing three automatic rifles and a pistol that had been supplied to him by men subsequently convicted in the bombing. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh, File)
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has been jailed for five years (AP)

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has been sentenced to five years in jail for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to a 1993 bombing that killed 257 people in Mumbai.

India's Supreme Court ordered Dutt to surrender to police within four weeks on the charge of possessing three automatic rifles and a pistol supplied to him by men subsequently convicted in the bombing.

The actor's case was part of a sprawling Mumbai bombings trial that has dragged on for 18 years.

Dutt maintains he knew nothing about the bomb plot and that he asked for the guns to protect his family after receiving threats during sectarian riots in the city.

He served 18 months in jail in 2007 for arms offences.

The 53-year-old actor, born into a Bollywood acting dynasty, has appeared in dozens of films including some of the Indian movie industry's highest grossing of all time.

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