January 1993: Sanjay Dutt gets an AK-56 rifle and pistol at his residence in Bandra from Film producer Hanif Kadawalla and his business partner Samir Hingora. Both of them were allies of Anees Ibrahim, brother of fugitive Dawood Ibrahim. In an official statement Sanjay Dutt said that he had acquired the weapons for self-defence.
March 12, 1993: Sanjay Dutt is shooting for the movie ‘Aatish’ in Mauritius. Back in Mumbai a dreadful event took place killing 257 people and injuring 713 people. It was the day when a series of 13 bomb blasts rocked the city. These blasts were rumoured to had happened in the aftermath of the post-Babri Masjid demolition riots.
April 19, 1993: Sanjay Dutt was arrested under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) on the basis of possessing illegal arms (AK-56 rifle and pistol) and for being in constant touch with the alleged consiprators of serial blasts.
April 28, 1993: Sanjay Dutt gave a recorded statement and confessed to the police that he was in possession of those arms because he was concerned about his family’s safety due to the communal riots.
May 5, 1993: He was granted bail after his lawyers appealed to the High Court stating that he was wrongly detained under TADA.
November 1993: Primary charge sheet was filed against him and the other 188 accused in the Mumbai blasts.
July 4, 1994: His appeal for bail gets cancelled and he is taken to Arthur Road prison. Police finds substantial evidence for keeping him in custody.
October 17, 1995: After spending 16 months in jail on remand, he is granted bail after the Supreme Court decides that his confession alone is not enough evidence to keep him in detention.
November 28, 2006: The TADA court acquits him of all charges under the conspiracy of the 1993 Mumbai blasts. But the TADA court convicts him for possessing arms that carries a maximum prison sentence of three years.
July 31, 2007: He is sentenced to six years rigorous term in prison. His plea to get probation on the basis of his good conduct gets rejected. He is now sent to Yerawada Central Jail, Pune.
August 2007: He next moves to the Apex Court challenging his conviction, seeking bail.
November 27, 2007: The Supreme Court accepts his plea and grants him bail.
August 2012: The Apex Court commences its final hearing on his appeal against his conviction in the Mumbai blasts case.
March 21, 2013: His conviction is upheld, and the six-year jail term is reduced to five. But having spent 18 months in jail earlier, he would have to now serve three-and-a-half years in jail.