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Bollywood Actor Sanjay Dutt Sentenced to Six Years

Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt has been sentenced to six years in prison for illegally possessing guns that he received from key plotters behind the 1993 bombings in Bombay.

Dutt served 18 months in jail following his arrest, and it appears he will have to serve another 4 1/2 years behind bars. Judge Pramod Kode said that even though he wasn't sure Dutt possessed the guns with the intention of committing a terrorist act, merely having them "shows scant respect to the law." "In no sense can this be said to be a minor offense," he said.

Dutt, who had been out on bail for the past 12 years while the trial dragged on, looked down as Kode read the sentence.

"Don't be sentimental, be calm and quiet," the judge said, as Dutt stood weeping before being led away.

The series of bombings on March 12, 1993, killed 257 people. A dozen people were sentenced to death, while 20 others face life sentences for the bombings. More than 50 others will serve between three and 14 years in jail.

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