Bombay High Court grants two days interim bail to Salman Khan in 2002 hit-and-run case.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan who was sentenced to five years jail sentence in the infamous 2002 hit and run case can finally heave a sigh of relief. The Bombay High Court granted him interim relief till May 8 on grounds of not getting the copy of the court order which sentenced him to 5 years in jail. Not only Salman Khan but his fans and friends too were relieved with this verdict. #SalmanVerdict was trending with lakhs of tweets expressing anger, happiness, disappointment and prayers. Different people had different opinion to express.
Senior journalist of NDTV Barkha Dutt tweeted “The law has treated Salman Khan just like any accused. Not so public response- lurching between fan-boy indulgences to arm chair schadenfreude.”
Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted in all the focus on #SalmanVerdict big day in parliament. GST passed; Sonia vs Modi battle on RTI, CIC. Mumbai trumps Delhi today!
Rahul Kanwal @rahulkanwal tweeted Special privilege? HC registry closes at 12.30pm & only those matters which are filed before 12.30 are listed for next day, Rarely same day.
Rajat Sharma @RajatSharmaLive ,”Sad to hear about @BeingSalmanKhan sentenced to jail, his NGO has done great work for the underprivileged.”
When AV spoke to some city lawyers they gave diverse opinions.
Senior lawyer Rohini Salian said, “Salman is eligible for bail. Technically when you are convicted there are procedures. The convict has to submit the conviction papers and order copy to appeal for bail at the High Court.”
Advocate Mahesh Vasvani said, “He got the sentence the whole world has seen this. There have been cases in the past as well when a person is granted interim bail prior to receiving the order copy, getting interim bail is matter of technical procedure.”
Criminal lawyer Abbas Kazmi said, “It’s unusual to hear reports about Salman Khan being sentenced and granted bail on the same day. Normally this won’t happen; only on the operative part of an order is highly surprising.”
Advocate Laxman Kanal said, “May be the court has provided an opportunity for Salman Khan to defend himself.”
Lawyer Vandana Shah said, “May be this is a high profile case. Legally this bail is not permissible. The common man couldn’t have availed this bail. But still I am very happy that the court has delivered judgment.”
Shashanka Shekhar Panda, a Public Policy Strategist, “I heard the story of Ravindra Patil and according to me Salman Khan has been granted relief. Not on the charges he has been convicted, but on the charges that he was never tried and so were seemingly complicit police officers. Karma has to catch up with you. There is simply no escape. You can escape the gravity of a black hole, but not that of Karma.”
Prasad Ajgaonkar a businessman said, “I have no judgement about Salman Khan or the judiciary but why are you blaming those poor guys who sleep on streets? You think they enjoy sleeping on the street or what? Given a choice they will also not sleep there. Sad state is all these elites have so much love and affection for stray dogs and not for the homeless. Don’t insult the dead just because he was poor.”
Since the Bombay High Court is set to go on vacations, speculations were rife that the superstar might have to spend more time in jail until his bail gets approved. A detailed hearing will be held on May 8 when Salman will appear in the Bombay High Court. Senior lawyer Harish Salve argued for the superstar on a notice of just 10 minutes as he was present in court for another case. While the court has said that the actor is not required to pay any more compensation. As actor Salman Khan was held guilty of running over homeless men sleeping on a pavement in Mumbai in 2002, the man who owned responsibility for the accident, his driver Ashok Singh, was staring at a perjury charge.
Anyways soon after #SalmanVerdict by the passing time #BhaiUnlocked went viral by his fans on social network.
One of the victims of 2002 hit-and-run case, Mohd Kalim said, “We are happy with the verdict in which Salman Khan has been found guilty. But we should also be given compensation.”