Bollwood actor Sanjay Dutt looked tense and paced up and down as a special court Thursday extended his bail till Jan 18 along with those of seven others convicted in the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

The TADA court will take up that day the quantum of sentence on the eight, all of who are seeking relief under the Probation of Offenders Act for good conduct while being on bail.

A battery of lawyers, including V.R. Manohar, Santosh Mansingde, Karan Singh and Farana Shah, represented Dutt.

The other seven accused are Russi Molla and Kersi Adjania, former additional custom collector Somanth Kakaram Thapa, Yusuf Nalwala, Zabanussa Qazi, Imtiaz Gowte and Mubinabhaya Bhiwandiwalai.

Judge Pramod Kode said he was giving time to both sides so that they could place their submissions under the Probation of Offenders Act and the arguments on the quantum of sentence.

When Dutt appeared for bail Nov 28, it was extended until Dec 19. That day, it was further extended until Thursday.

Judge Kode is presently hearing arguments on quantum of sentence to 92 others convicted in the 1993 bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai on a single day in March. It was the world’s worst urban terror attack until then.

Objecting to the defence plea for extension of bail, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said: “We are objecting on the ground that the provision for the Probation of Offenders Act cannot be moved at this stage. There is no alternative to conviction. ”

The court will go in recess from Dec 23 till Jan 1.

— IANS

 

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