MUMBAI BLASTS CASE: GOVT MAY CHALLENGE SANJAY DUTT\'S ACQUITTAL OF TADA CHARGES

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Union Law Ministry indicated that it was consulting Attorney General of India G E Vahanvati and Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramaniam to explore the possibility of challenging the TADA court Mumbai judgment dropping TADA charges against Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.

An indication to this effect was given by Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily while talking to a news channel.

Dutt was sentenced to six years imprisonment under the Arms Act, but was exonerated of the TADA charges in 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case.

The actor, who has challenged his conviction and sentence under the Arms Act in the Supreme Court, is on bail in the case.

Mr Moily, however, made it clear that the final decision on the issue would be taken by the Union Home Ministry.

The CBI would have to file a separate appeal against the order of the TADA court in which Sanjay Dutt, who has since joined the Samajwadi Party, challenged his sentence.

Over 200 lives were lost in the serial bomb blasts, which had rocked the Indian commercial capital on a Black Friday on March 12, 1993.

The explosions were part of a conspiracy to avenge the killings in communal riots in the aftermath of demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.

International fugitive Dawood Ibrahim is an absconder in the case.

The trial took over 13 years to conclude.

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