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Sanjay Dutt Sentenced to 6 Yrs

31 Jul

From Dancing Shadows

I was going to write a few words about the Sanjay Dutt conviction but then I read these three writers and couldn’t agree more with them so I thought I’d link instead. For the record, I agree with the sentencing handed out by Justice Kode and I don’t know what everybody around Sanjay was smoking that they thought he’d get off with probation. I guess Bombay is no L.A.Kamla Bhatt writes about “what has been described as stunning and surprising news”:

The court and the judges through this legal and tough sentence have clearly not treated Sanjay as a celebrity. Instead, as the news media is reporting Sanjay was treated as an equal in the eyes of the court, and that his celebrity status was not considered. I wonder how this news will go down with the film fraternity and the film industry wallahs?

Not well if all reports are true. Obviously, everybody knew all along that Sanjay wasn’t a terrorist. If you thought otherwise then I think you’re majorly paranoid. However, buying arms from underworld dons isn’t exactly proper conduct – in fact illegal arms trafficking, which is what it was even if you disagree with the scope of that term, is a serious offense. And Sanjay obviously realized that given the haste with which he tried to get rid of the cache. Which merely landed his friends in jail.

Let this be a lesson to you, kids. Don’t buy illegal weaponry, especially from the mafia, be more careful of the company you keep and for heaven’s sake if you have a dumb friend, don’t descend to his level. Friendship requires a lot of things from you – idiocy isn’t one of them. This is the voice of experience speaking.

Taking all that into consideration, I can’t disagree with Sakshi’s summation:

[W]hen you think about the number people dead & those traumatized by the 1993 Bomb Blasts, 11 convicts handed with Death Penalties and others sentenced to Life Imprisonment – with just couple of years in prison (minus the 16 months off the 6 years), Dutt seems to have walked off very lightly.

But now that the big show is drawing to a close (even as Sanjay’s lawyers prepare to file an appeal in the Supreme Court) Rajen Nair brings up a very pertinent point:

Let equal and fair justice be meted out to people of the minority community. Those accused in the Mumbai riots must be brought to book. The political workers of the right wing parties who had orchrested the riots and indicted in the Srikrishna commission must be punishment at any cost. In fact one of the politicians while was going about inciting riots in the western suburbs of Mumbai was caught red handed carrying weapons like guns in his jeep by the patrolling party. The modus operandi of this party was to raise the bogey of fear in common people by spreading false rumors that people belonging to minority community had plans to attack them. Then members of this party would go round to people offering their protection and in return ask monetary favor.

Is anybody listening?

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10 Comments

Posted by on July 31, 2007 in Celebrity, News, Politics

 

10 responses to “Sanjay Dutt Sentenced to 6 Yrs

  1. unknown

    July 31, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    I don’t think it’s right to punish someone else for the crime and i don’t think that if you had to protect your family you would not go to this extent.
    The original people who commited the crime fled the country and the innocent is sentanced.

    WOW>>> Great job Judge Kode

     
  2. Twilight Fairy

    August 2, 2007 at 6:45 am

    Much has been said about this topic..so I would comment on something else that caught my eye.

    “Friendship requires a lot of things from you – idiocy isn’t one of them. ”

    that’s *so* true.

     
  3. Amrita

    August 2, 2007 at 11:58 am

    That’s a lot of link love there – so many thanks to all those who linked.

    Unknown – What are you talking about? The TADA thing was false and Sanjay was acquitted on those charges.

    Twilight Fairy (cool name!) – we’ve all been there at least once havent we? 🙂

     
  4. Twilight Fairy

    August 2, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    thanks Amrita 🙂 (for the pics and name both).

    well believe me, a lot of ppl just “forget” that they have their own mind.. and I admit, at times even I do ..simply because a friend is involved! :p

    abt the camera – you would never know till you start 🙂

     
  5. ashish

    August 3, 2007 at 4:41 am

    read max. city by Suketu Mehta – will give so many more (disturbing!) insights into the Mumbai.

     
  6. Amrita

    August 3, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Twilight Fairy – you’re welcome. they’re both really fantastic. believe me, i can make the taj look like it was made from plastic 😦

     
  7. Amrita

    August 3, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Ashish – i’ve read it and I thought it was fantastic. I have a problem relating it to real life though… it strips away all the conventional masks to such an extent (i especially remember that vidhu vinod chopra-amitabh bachchan exchange) that it seems like it all took place on an alternate world. Makes me think what shocking untruths are fed us everyday.

     
 
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