Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt says he will 'return to prison'

Sanjay Dutt
Image caption Sanjay Dutt is hugely popular for his role of a loveable gangster in Munnabhai movies

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has said he will return to prison for his conviction over the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

The actor has been on bail since 2007 when he appealed against his original sentence of six years. Last week, the Supreme Court reduced it to five years.

An emotional Dutt told reporters that he would "abide by the court's decision" and not seek a pardon.

Dutt was convicted in 2006 of buying weapons from bombers who attacked Mumbai. He spent 20 months in jail.

The serial bombings killed 257 people and wounded 713 others.

'A shattered man'

The Bollywood star broke down during an interaction with journalists on Thursday and hugged his sister Priya Dutt, who was sitting next to him.

"I am a shattered man. This is a very tough time in my and my family's life. I have a few days left [before returning to prison], Dutt said.

"I have a lot of work [left to finish] and I want to finish it. I want to [also] stay all this time with my family. Please let me be in peace. I love my country."

The judges have ordered the actor to surrender in four weeks.

Dutt, one of Bollywood's most bankable stars, is hugely popular for his role of a loveable gangster in Munnabhai movies. He has also dabbled in politics.

In 2006, a special anti-terror court had convicted 100 people for the blasts. Twelve of the convicts were given the death penalty and 20 others were sentenced to life imprisonment.

Dutt, the most high-profile among the convicts, was originally charged with five offences, including criminal conspiracy and possession of illegal weapons.

The trial court had found him guilty of illegally possessing a rifle and a pistol but cleared him of conspiracy.

The son of a Hindu father and a Muslim mother, Dutt said the weapons were necessary in order to defend his family during the Hindu-Muslim rioting of 1993 which had followed the destruction by Hindu zealots of the Babri mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya.

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