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Sanjay Dutt greeted by protests at TADA court

Sanjay Dutt greeted by protests at TADA court

Author: Syed Firdaus Ashraf
Publication: Rediff.com
Date: February 6, 2007
URL: http://us.rediff.com/news/2007/feb/06verdict.htm

As actor Sanjay Dutt arrived at the special TADA court in Mumbai on Tuesday morning, he was met by protesting families of the other accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

The families have protested against the 'preferential treatment', which has been given to Dutt. Police have detained 12 women and three men.

The protests started peacefully at 9.30 am on Tuesday morning, about 100 metres away from the court.

"We are protesting the discrimination in the judgements. It seems as if there is one law for poor Muslims and one for Sanjay Dutt. While others who have been accused of the same charges as him have been booked under TADA, he has been booked under the Arms Act," says Amreesh Mishra, general secretary of the Jan Morcha in Mumbai.

He also added that while Dutt has been granted bail repeatedly, others have been in jail.

The scene outside the TADA Court on Mumbai's Arthur Road was completely chaotic, with traffic disrupted.

Dutt is in court on Tuesday at the end of his bail term, which had been extended by the court on the last occasion to February 6.

Dutt was already out on bail when the court convicted him under the Arms Act in the bomb blasts case and thereafter his bail has been extended thrice so far.

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