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SALMAN KHAN- 

THE VERDICT AND THE CONTROVERSY

THE INCIDENT

In 2002, September 22nd, apna Salman bhai was driving his car, Toyota Land Cruiser, when he ran over homeless people sleeping on the sidewalk of a Mumbai street in the Bandra area. One person was killed and four others were injured in the incident. Khan was later charged with culpable homicide in the hit- and- run case while driving drunk. Khan denied being at the wheel as well as being drunk. However, a constable, Ravindra Patil, who was assigned to him by the Mumbai police for his security, is said to have always maintained that Salman was the one driving and that he was drunk at the time. In 2007, the constable died of tuberculosis (see video below).

THE VERDICT

On May 6th 2015, 13 years after the said incident, Mumbai court pronounced him guilty and sentenced him to 5 years in prison.

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 Incidentally, the verdict is very much in keeping with Patil's statement. Unfortunately, the man is no longer alive. Here, on the left, is the news coverage by NDTV on the man who was brave enough to stand by his statement and yet scared enough to run for his life.

THE SUPPORT ...

Soon after Salman's verdict became public, his well-wishers and supporters took to social media to voice their support for the actor. The Hindi film industry seems to have taken it hard as well, judging by the following tweets-

Upset with the verdict against Salman. Such a wonderful human being! But no one is above the law & my heart also goes out to those who died

Terrible news. Dnt knw wht to say except tht will stand by no matter what. Hes a good man and no 1 can tk tht away frm him.

The Kapoors are with the Khans in their difficult time. Time is the biggest healer. God Bless!

Among Salman Khan's ex-flames, while Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Iulia Vantur had no social media updates (understandably), Sangeeta Bijalani tweeted the following-

It takes wisdom my friend to give ones best shot and then accept gracefully whatever fate has in store with total positive surrender

Remember Sneha Ullal? Salman's girlfriend post- Aishwarya who was an Aishwarya look-alike? Well, she made a series of tweets in support of her ex-beau-

 

SUPPORT TURNS INTO CONTROVERSY ...

The overwhelming support soon turned into a controversy, when playback Abhijeet tweeted these messages in suuport of Salman Khan-


Come out fraternity, support boldly not hypocriticly Roads footpath r not meant 4 sleeping, not driver's or alcohol's fault

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Mumbai ke road Aur footpath pe sone ka shauk hai ?? Y not at your village no vehicles to kill u.. Support

The tweets instantly created an uproar, with Rishi Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha retorting with these messages-

Rishi Kapoor retorted with-

I support my friend but i would never support such insensitive and negative talk. Please dont tag me in ur tweets sir.

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Sorry to say but only wannabe Chamchas of Salman siding him with ridiculous support.Hum bhi well wishers hain but give logical explanations

Unemployed wannabe unemployed actors Feroz Ahjaaz Dalip Naseer Abdullha are not spokespersons of films @

My saying Chamchas was for Abhijeets inhuman comment and Ejaaz saying about the law.People misunderstood me.I said am with Salman earlier

Hi. Thought about it.Too much negativity abusive language and disregard for seniors. Will retire from Twitter coz it has only given me grief

Now is the time to truly Be Human...

What happened next is anybody's guess. A war of words, or more accurately, a war of tweets issued with most people expressing outrage at Abhijeet's insensitivity while the die-hard fans of Salman Khan supporting Abhijeet's statement.

WE SAY ...

#1. Kudos to Mumbai court for upholding the law, keeping 'all' equal in the eyes of the law.

#2. Admire the film industry for standing by a fellow industry wala (person) by 'keeping him in prayers' and 'wishing him well'. Nobody losses out for showing compassion for fellow artist.

#3. Respect those in the industry who expressed sympathy for him and yet showed compassion for the men on the streets, the victims of the hit-and-run. Hema Malini's message summarizes what most people do and should feel- "Upset with the verdict against Salman. Such a wonderful human being! But no one is above the law & my heart also goes out to those who died".

#4. Shame on those who display lack of compassion. Abhijeet's statements (Mumbai ke road Aur footpath pe sone ka shauk hai ?? Y not at your village no vehicles to kill u.. Support Come out fraternity, support boldly not hypocriticly Roads footpath r not meant 4 sleeping, not driver's or alcohol's fault") do have a ring of chamchagiri (flattery) and utter lack of solicitude, sensitivity, humanity and kindness. No, no justifications please. Apology is good, but it does not taketh away from the impression left behind.

#5. Applaud Rishi Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha for calling it the way it is.

#6. Appreciate Salman Khan's 'Being Human' efforts and all the good deeds he has done for the industry people and his well-wishers.But that does not maketh him above the law.Time for crime, he must do. However, that said, he must also not be lumped in with murderers, rapists, thieves and the likes.But then, something tells us that won't be happening to this bhai


WHAT DO YOU SAY?

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Latest Update: May 8th 2015

 Mumbai High Court has suspended Salman Khan's the 5-year prison sentence while he appeals his conviction. According to a report in CNN, "If his sentence is upheld, Khan's absence could cost the Indian film industry more than $31 million, trade analysts say. The 49-year-old Khan's stature in Bollywood can't be overstated. He is Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and George Clooney rolled into one -- oozing sex appeal and machismo in the more than 80 movies he's starred in. In its list of the best looking man in the world, People Magazine once placed him at no. 7. He has a rabid fan base (with 11 million Twitter followers), and has enjoyed an unheard-of two-decade reign at the top."

We Say ..

Well, why not? Everyone has a right to due legal process. And if the legal process allows for suspension while he appeals, so be it. However, must say, impressed by the power of paisa (money). Money got powerful attorney who got express bail followed by lightening suspension. Like a Bollywood song goes- "the whole thing is that ki bahiya sabse bada rupaiya" (the whole thing is that, that biggest power lies in money).

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