Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt appeals to India's top court for time before starting prison term

Popular Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has appealed to India's Supreme Court to give him some more time before he begins a prison sentence for a 1993 weapons conviction linked to a deadly terror attack.

Dutt filed his appeal Monday, saying he needed time to complete his film commitments.

Last month the 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.

The court will hear his appeal on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear how much time Dutt is seeking from the court.