Published April 17, 2013
NEW DELHI – India's Supreme Court has given popular Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt more time to finish films before he goes to prison for a 1993 weapons conviction linked to a deadly terror attack.
Dutt had appealed to the court that he needed six months to complete his pending film commitments. He was supposed to surrender Thursday, and the court Wednesday ordered the deadline extended by four weeks.
Last month the top court sentenced Dutt to five years in prison for illegal possession of weapons supplied by Muslim mafia bosses linked to the terror attack that killed 257 people in Mumbai.
The actor has maintained that he knew nothing about the bombing plot and that he asked for the guns to protect his family during sectarian riots in Mumbai.