Sanjay Dutt to surrender at 4pm before special TADA court

The actor, convicted for possession of arms in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, will spend the next three-and-a-half years in jail

Since last night, Sanjay, 53, has been getting phone calls and visits from friends, colleagues and well wishers. Prominent among them were actors Salman Khan, Fardeen Khan and director David Dhawan with whom he has always shared a special rapport. Today too, there were early morning prayers and celebrity visitors at Sanjay Dutt’s Bandra home, outside which stood hordes of fans, as the Bollywood actor prepared to return to prison on Thursday, May 16. Sanjay started the day with solemn prayers and a ‘havan’ conducted by a priest with his family members participating in the ceremonies, according to sources.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court had declined Sanjay’s plea for additional time to serve his remaining three-and-a-half years’ sentence for his role in the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

Sanjay will surrender before a special TADA court today at 4pm after the apex upheld his conviction, but reduced the six-year jail term to five. According to Bollywood circles, Bollywood’s Munnabhai has resigned himself to serving the remaining tenure of his sentence and returning to jail without creating more controversies. Sanjay had first spent 18 months in jail in 1993-95 and another 15 months in 1995-97, followed by a brief stint of seven months in 2006-07.

Though the Mumbai Police’s plans to handle Sanjay’s surrender are not yet known, officials indicate that he may arrive in special TADA Court post-lunch amid tight security, at his residence, en route and in the court precincts in south Mumbai.

After completing the surrender formalities, he will be whisked off to the high-security Arthur Road Central Jail – which usually houses undertrials – in congested south-central Mumbai. Finally, he will be shifted to another regular jail either at Yerawada Pune, Nashik or the Nagpur Central jail. Police officials were tight-lipped about the final destination.