31st July 2007, now India history!

by Vishant Garg
31st July, 2007, now India history!
The day has left its unforgettable and scratchy remarks on Indians.
In Cricket, it was the day for Indian Cricket Team, who recorded their 5th test victory on England in Test Match history. The winning runs came in form of a bye that reached the ropes. Rahul Dravid on 11 and Sourav Ganguly on two were in the middle after India lost three wickets in the morning session. India's previous four wins in England had come at The Oval in 1971, at Lord's and Hedingley in 1986 and then the Headingley Test in 2002 under Sourav Ganguly's captaincy.
In Bollywood, actor Sanjay Dutt was awarded six-year rigorous imprisonment by a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court for illegal possession of arms. The court also cancelled Dutt's bail plea, and ordered that the actor be taken into custody immediately. Special Judge P D Kode also imposed a fine of rupees 25,000 on Dutt, and rejected his probation plea. He observed "Sanjay made others commit offence. Sanjay's act has not harmed anyone, but possession of AK-47 was dangerous,". Sanju Baba has already spent nearly 16 months, as an undertrial before being released on bail in 1996. On November 28, the TADA court found Dutt guilty under the Arms Act and not the TADA Act. Dutt was booked for possessing an AK-56 rifle that had come in a consignment of arms and explosives meant for use in the Mumbai serial blasts that killed 257 people. Dutt said that he needed the weapons to protect his family as threatening calls were received during the 1992-93 Mumbai riots. In spite of repeated complaints, he said, there was no police protection given to him or his family. But when he heard about the blasts and the arrests of Samir and Hanif, he asked his friend Yusuf Nulwalla to destroy the gun. On June 1, Samir Hingora - the man who supplied the AK-56 rifle to Dutt was awarded nine years' rigorous imprisonment.
and last but not least, in Politics, two persons have been sentenced to death and three awarded life imprisonment in the Beant Singh assassination case by a Chandigarh court. Jagtar Singh Hawara and Balwant Singh have got death. The special court of R K Sondhi had deferred the pronouncement of the quantum of sentence to the six persons convicted in the case and had reserved its verdict on the quantum of sentence after hearing the argument of CBI and the defence lawyer. The CBI counsel sought capital punishment for all the accused, barring Naseeb Singh, in the assassination case of the then chief minister in the Congress-ruled Punjab, who was killed along with 17 others, including human bomb Dilawar Singh. Jagtar Singh Hawara, Balwant Singh, Shamsher Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Gurmeet Singh were convicted under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. Naseeb Singh was held guilty under the Explosives Substances Act on July 27 after a trial spanning 11 years. Another accused in the case, Navjot Singh, who was acquitted, has been taken to Delhi in connection with another case registered against him.
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