Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Bollywood star jailed on gun charge

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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