Sanjay Dutt can't contest, apex court dismisses plea

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday dashed film star Sanjay Dutt's hopes of contesting the Lok Sabha elections by refusing to suspend his conviction for owning illegal arms in the run up to the 1993 serial bombings in Mumbai.

A bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan refused to suspend Dutt's conviction terming his crime as a "serious offence" and saying that his case is not on par with that of cricketer-MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, whose conviction in a case of unintentional killing was stayed by the apex court in 2007 to enable him run for elections.

The bench, which also included Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice R.M. Lodha, dism