Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was released from prison this morning, stated that he is not a terrorist and wants to leave behind the bitter memories of being convicted in connection with the 1993 serial blasts case.
"I am not a terrorist. I have been acquitted of charges under TADA and conspiracy. The Supreme Court had also acquitted me under (IPC) section 120-B of conspiracy and TADA. I got the sentence under the Arms Act," the 56-year-old actor said,
"I request the media that whenever they write or mention anything about me, don't write 1993 blasts case before my name... I'm not into it," Dutt said.
"For 23 years I have been waiting for this moment... for freedom. I did everything (followed the law). It's a feeling that will take a while to sink in."
"I miss my father (Sunil Dutt) today. I wish he was alive to see this day...if he would have been (alive), he would have been the happiest person," he said.
"She (Dutt's mother) passed away when we were very small. I went to seek her blessings as I am a free man today," he said.
"I love my dharti maa...I am born here, I'm proud to be an Indian," he stressed.
"The court had said I am not a terrorist. That was a big thing. I wish my father was alive to hear this. Even the Supreme Court had endorsed it."
"It's a misconception (that he got preferential treatment for leaves). It has nothing to do with me being a celebrity as I was also not allowed to do many things. May be, it (celebrity status) went against me."
"I was like I will be out of jail...not come here again (jail)."
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