After drawing ire of many for opposing death penalty to 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, actor Salman Khan has tendered an unconditional apology on Twitter.
The ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ actor had earlier in the day said that Yakub’s absconding elder brother Tiger Memon should be hanged instead.
The controversial tweets in which Salman supported Yakub calling him `innocent` kicked up a storm, drawing flak from the political and social circles.
However, Salman’s father Salim Khan too expressed his feelings saying that Salman shouldn’t have tweeted in support of Yakub Memon.
In his previous tweets, Salman also called Tiger Memon a coward. Check out his previous tweets which were later taken down by the actor:
“We can die for our family. Tiger, your brother will be hanged for you in some days. Say something, make a statement or address that it was you. What kind of brother are you?”
“Where are you hiding Tiger? Sharif Saab, I would request you to let us know about Tiger, if you have any information about him. “I’ve been wanting to tweet this for three days and was afraid to do so but it involves a man and his family. Don’t hang brother, hang the fox who ran away.”
Post deleting his earlier tweets, Khan said that his father Salim Khan called him and said he should retract his tweets as they had the potential to create “misunderstanding”.
Salim, a veteran Bollywood scriptwriter, is quoted has having said that his son is “ignorant” of the issue and people should not take him seriously, describing the star’s earlier remarks as ridiculous and meaningless.
Earlier, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar met the Governor, appealing that the bail of Mr Khan, who is an accused in several cases, be cancelled.”I have appealed that Salman Khan is himself a convicted person and he spoke in favour of another convicted person… So his bail plea should be cancelled,” he said.
During the day, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya had said he would raise the issue in Parliament. “Salman Khan ne Desh ki Mafi magni chahiye (Salman Khan should apologise to the country),” he had tweeted.
Yoga teacher Ramdev, too, had said, “It is important to teach lesson to anti nationals… People who support anti-national activities on humanitarian grounds should also be punished.”
Mr Khan’s father, noted screenwriter Salim Khan, had also expressed his disapproval. “He (Salman) should not say anything about these kind of serious topics without any knowledge. Salman is ignorant of the issue and people should not take him seriously,” Salim Khan said.