The Supreme Court had on 21st March upheld Sanjay Dutt’s conviction under Arms Act and sentenced him to five years in jail of which he has already served 18 months
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, ordered by the Supreme Court to complete his five years sentence for complicity in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, is exploring the option of filing a review petition against the judgement, sources close to him said today.
The Supreme Court had on 21st March upheld Sanjay Dutt’s conviction under Arms Act and sentenced him to five years in jail of which he has already served 18 months.
In keeping with the order to surrender within four weeks, he has to give himself up before the designated TADA court by 18th April.
The actor has the option of filing a review petition and, in the event of failing to get relief, he can file a curative petition, the sources said.
While review petition comes up before the same bench which heard his appeal against the trial court’s order sentencing him to prison, the curative petition is heard by a larger bench.
Though the actor can also seek pardon from the state governor, he has gone on record to say he would not.
Amid a growing clamour for his clemency, Sanjay Dutt, 53, had told the media on 28th March that he would not apply for pardon.
“There are many other people who deserve pardon. I want to tell with folded hands to the media, the honourable citizens of the country, that when I am not going for pardon then there can be no debate about it,” Sanjay Dutt, who repeatedly broke down during his interaction with the press, said.
Governor K Sankaranarayanan had earlier this month sent over 60 representations and petitions received by him from various individuals and organisations, both seeking and opposing clemency for Dutt, to the state home department.
These petitions included those from PCI chief Markandey Katju and expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.
Meanwhile, racing against time, the actor has set up a dubbing studio at his home and is trying to finish all pending projects.
The Sahara group chief and three others made a personal appearance before SEBI. However, Mr Roy continued his tirade saying that the market regulator was more worried about his personal assets than refunding the money to investors of Sahara
In 2012-13, sales of passenger cars fell to 18,95,471 units from 20,31,306 units in the previous fiscal
Passenger car sales in India are forecast to grow 3%-5% in the ongoing fiscal on expectations of an improvement in overall macro-economic conditions, despite witnessing a fall of 6.69% during 2012-13, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) today said.
The industry body also said total sales of all vehicles in the country during 2013-14 will grow by 6%-8% per cent with contributions from almost all segments.
“There are concerns and uncertainties for the future, but there is also hope. In recent times, we have seen some positive policy decisions from the government. Macro-economic recovery is also expected,” SIAM president S Sandilya told the media.
Besides, he said a slew of new models are also expected that will “excite the market” and models with upgraded features may help the car segment to register better sales in this fiscal.
Pointing out that the buying pattern of customers is changing from small cars to bigger cars and utility vehicles, Sandilya said, “The utility vehicle (UV) sales will continue to increase at a good rate on account of new model launches by many players.”
According to its projections for 2013-14, passenger car segment is pegged to grow by 3%-5%, while the UV segment is likely to go up by 11%-13%.
“Overall, the passenger vehicle sales are estimated to rise by 5%-7% in this financial year,” he added.
In 2012-13, sales of passenger cars fell to 18,95,471 units from 20,31,306 units in the previous fiscal.
SIAM, however, had projected the car sales to grow by 10%-12% at the beginning of last fiscal that was later revised downwards thrice during the year. In its last forecast in January this year, car sales growth projection was lowered to just 0%-1% for last fiscal, but it was missed.
Outlining the concerns, Sandilya said the current slow economic growth, general low sentiment of the public, high interest rates and high fuel prices, mainly petrol, can impact sales of vehicles during the current fiscal.
On the overall vehicles sales, he said auto sales of all categories are estimated to rise by 6%-8% in 2013-14.
Sandilya mentioned SIAM has forecast the two-wheeler segment to register a growth of 6%-8% in 2013-14.
“We are seeing a revival of scooter demand and it is growing with new models being launched. Sales of motorcycles depend a lot on rural sentiments,” he added.
Talking about the commercial vehicle segment, Sandilya said the manufacturers are likely to see an overall growth of 7%-9%, primarily led by light commercial vehicles, which is estimated to rise 10%-12% in FY14.
“The concern is medium and heavy commercial vehicles, which is projected to rise 1%-3%. The sales are likely to remain sluggish over the next few quarters with probably marginal recovery during the second half,” he added.
Sandilya, however, said the SIAM forecast will be dependent on many factors such as monsoon, government policies, stability of government at the Centre, international crude prices and currency fluctuations.
“The probability of meeting the forecast is 0.7, which is two-thirds,” he added.