Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today came out in support of actor Sanjay Dutt who was sentenced to five years in jail by the Supreme Court last week for possessing illegal arms. Ms Banerjee posted this message on her Facebook wall:
"I knew Sunil Dutt ji during my Parliament days, when together we strongly fought against TADA. Eventually, Government had to withdraw TADA.
Many requests from the civil society and film personalities have come to me to see that Sanjay does not suffer any more. Though it is not in my hand, I feel that he has already suffered a lot for the blunder he committed earlier. From complete wreck, he has again picked up his career to unfold his potential.
Today, I fondly remember Sunil Dutt ji. He used to come to my residence whenever he was in Calcutta. If he were alive, he would have no doubt made all efforts to see that Sanjay does not suffer any more. My heart also echoes the same sentiments. Let us all pray that Sanjay lives a calm and peaceful life."