On the one hand Bollywood actors and Salman Khan’s fans are celebrating after the actor’s acquittal in the 2002 hit and run case on the other hand social activists and political leaders were unhappy with the Bombay High Court verdict. The film fraternity took to twitter and congratulated Salman Khan who had faced a legal trouble for 13 years. Salman Khan broke down after Bombay High Court acquitted him of all charges in the hit-and-run case. The High Court’s verdict came as a huge relief not just to the actor and his family but millions of fans across the globe.
After his acquittal, Salman Khan tweeted, “I accept the decision of the judiciary with humility. I thank my family, friends & fans for their support and prayers.”
“Best things happens to best people :-) sir wish u all the happiness, big congratulations @BeingSalmanKhan
— Armaan kohli (@armaankohli)
“God is always kind to good human beings, @BeingSalmanKhan with gods blessings is freed today from a hanging sword for thirteen years.cheers.”
— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1)
“So happy that @BeingSalmanKhan is acquitted of all charges. Truth Prevails. Even if it takes 13 long years.:)
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher)
Director Anees Bazmee, who has worked with the “Dabangg” star in “No Entry” and “Ready”, is happy for the actor.
“It (case) has taken a long time… It’s a relief for him and his family. It has taken the court to come to conclusion so they would have taken into consideration a lot of factors. I don’t know much about the law (whether it’s a right or wrong decision). There is no one above the court,” he added.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar feels it’s a great relief for Salman and his family.
“For 13 years, he was going through this ordeal. So it is a great news for the film industry, directors, producers, and even his fans. I haven’t read the judgement but Bombay High Court definitely saw something and gave the verdict which was absolutely right. It is a big, big relief for Salman,” he said.
Advocate Abha Singh said exonerating Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in connection with the 2002 hit-and-run case was appalling and a sad day for the Indian criminal judiciary system. She said, ““The chemical analyst report found that alcohol content in Salman Khan’s case was adequate. If the court is not ready to look into these statements then one can only say that it is a sad day for the criminal justice system of the country. It really shows that it is an appalling for the Indian judiciary system.”
“Those policemen and the persecution should be arrested instead of Salman Khan if they made a wrong case. If high court says that the police and the prosecution made a wrong case, then I would request the honourable high court to arrest those people, you cannot make mockery of the judiciary system,” Singh said.
Shiv Sena too expressed its displeasure over the acquittal of Salman Khan in the hit and run case.
Commenting on this party spokesperson, Arvind Bhosale said, “How the poor will get justice like this?” and added the judgement should be challenged in the higher court as the law is equal for everyone.
“I don’t think the justice has been done,” he added.
Twitter users too posted their comments and said that the poor people don’t get justice in India and rich persons can roam scot free after committing the crime.
#SalmanVerdict “We deserve the Jungle Raj country we get. Murder people, throw money, stall courts, get acquitted.”
“If Salman was punished today I would have lost faith on money. #SalmanVerdict
Shazia tweeted, “Challo! human being is acquitted of all charges in hit & run case.powerful can kill anyone without getting prosecuted in India #SalmanVerdict”
# @anuragsharma143 tweeted, “#SalmanVerdict The Indian judiciary system should be on flipkart or eBay so anybody who can afford it could purchase it.”