- Afternoon Despatch & Courier April 12 1993, Top stars, MLAs got arms from Dawood: The Bombay Police have stumbled upon the names of several film personalities, MLAs and corporators, who owned illegal arms allegedly supplied by the underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim. The arms were either gifted by Dawood or sold to these persons at cheap rates.
Interrogation of suspects in connection with the bomb blasts has thrown up names of film personalities such as Sanjay Dutt ... The suspects have also named Shiv Sena MLA Madhukar Sarpotdar among nine politicians who acquired arms from the D-gang or his henchmen. The arms were mainly sophisticated revolved, valued at Rs 1.5 lakh each, according to police sources.
- Indian Express April 20 1993, Sanjay Dutt arrested: [Chief Minister Sharad Pawar told the Legislative Council] "The suspect who named Sanjay had during the interrogation revealed several other names including that of [Shiv Sena MLA] Madhukar Sarpotdar. But we have not pressed charges against all."
- Times of India April 20 1993, Sanjay Dutt held under TADA: Sanjay came under a cloud when his name cropped up during the interrogation of two film distributors. Samir Hingora and Hanif Lakdawalla, proprietors of Magnum Video, had reportedly indicated that one of the three AK-56 assault rifles they had procured had been sold to Sanjay. ...
Those who were arrested earlier had mentioned various names, including that of Mr Madhukar Sarpotdar, Mr Pawar said [in the Legislative Council], but Mr Sarpotdar's house was also not searched.
Sarpotdar, named in the same investigation that threw up Sanjay Dutt's name, by the same people who named Sanjay Dutt, has never been tried.
As a reminder, here is what Sarpotdar was up to on the night of Monday January 11 1993, two months before the bomb blasts, three months before these news reports. (Excerpted from Clarence Fernandez and Naresh Fernandes, "A City at War With Itself", When Bombay Burned).
- [T]he Army detained the Shiv Sena MLA Madhukar Sarpotdar in the troubled suburb of Nirmal Nagar late on Monday night and searched his car to find two revolvers and several other weapons ... Travelling with Sarpotdar was his son Atul, carrying an unlicensed Spanish revolver. Though Sarpotdar had a license for his gun, he too was breaking the law by carrying it during the riots. Also in the company was one Anil Parab. [T]he police commissioner [refused] to indicate whether this man was the notorious gangster of the same name, the hitman of the Dawood gang.