Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt has moved Supreme Court to suspend his conviction and sentence to enable him to contest Lok Sabha elections.
Samajwadi Party had already indicated that Dutt would be its candidate from Lucknow.
The SC stay is required to clear his path for contesting the elections.
Dutt has been convicted of possessing illegal arms before the 1993 serial bombings in Mumbai. He has today filed a plea in the apex court seeking suspension of his conviction.
Seeking parity with cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, a Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) MP, the actor moved the apex court for suspension of his conviction in the 1993 serial bombings so that he could contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
However, the apex court dismissed gangster Babloo Srivastava’s plea on Wednesday to suspend his conviction in a murder case and enable him to fight the polls.
The judgement could dim the Sanjay Dutt’s chances of contesting elections.