Renowned scriptwriter Salim Khan has slammed the critics of his Bollywood star son Salman Khan for questioning the verdict of the Bombay High Court in 2002 hit and run case.
The decision had sparked a big debate on social media with an overwhelming majority of twitter users questioning the verdict.
Speaking exclusively to jantakareporter.com, Salim Khan said, “The sessions court had pronounced Salman guilty and sentenced him to five years of imprisonment. So that time the judiciary was doing its job properly. But when we approached the higher court using the same documents and the High Court concluded that my son is not guilty, suddenly everybody is finding the judgement faulty. I’m surprised how people have begun casting aspersions on the integrity of India’s judicial system now but were fine on 6 May, 2015.”
Khan said that last 13 years had been nothing less than a hell for Salman as he had ‘sword hanging him constantly.’
He said, “Let’s not forget that in the last 13 years, Salman Khan spent 18 days in jail. We spent crores of rupees on legal fees. So, it’s not been easy for us. People who are giving grief to Salman Khan have no idea what my son has gone through.”
Saleem Khan, who penned scripts for iconic movies such as Diwaar and Sholay, said like any father, he too was elated and emotional on Salman Khan’s acquittal. The senior Khan, however, appeared reluctant to speak more on the case.
He said, ” I’ve been advised by my legal team not to comment more as there are already enough controversies surrounding Salman Khan getting clean chit from the court. May be some day, I would like to sit with you and speak my heart out.”
While pronouncing his judgement, Justice AR Joshi had said, “Justice Joshi said “this court has come to conclusion that the prosecution has failed to bring material on record to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the appellant (Salman Khan) was driving and under the influence of alcohol, also, whether the accident occurred due to bursting (of tyre) prior to the incident or tyre burst after the incident….”
Soon after Justice Joshi delivered his verdict, Salman Khan reportedly cried bitterly for several minutes.
Salim Khan said, “As I said, you can imagine the relief a person will feel after having gone through constant trauma for 13 years. What mental agony he may have lived under.”
The judge had also observed that Khan’s former — now deceased — police body guard, the first informant in the 2002 case against the actor, who was in the vehicle and was the crucial witness on whose testimony and “improved statement” about “Salman’s speeding” the prosecution had rested its case, was “not a wholly reliable witness”.