While Salman’s conviction broke many hearts and fans came out in support, a section of people also believe the verdict – read justice – was delayed by 13 years. Further, with the actor getting an interim bail till Friday, several people feel he will not spend much time behind the bars.
City-based entrepreneur Komal Goel says it is testing time for the fans of Chulbul Pandey. “Fan or not, anyone who sympathises with Salman doesn’t know a thing about justice,” she says.
Others while hailing the conviction, rued that it took way too much time. “It was a drunk and drive case in which conviction shouldn’t take so long. The actor also tried to manipulate the evidences and influence witnesses to evade punishment. Considering all this, a jail term of five years is absolutely justified,” says Manikanta Sai, an engineering student.
Another student Aneesha Jaiswal, says punishing a celebrity or those in position of power sets a good precedent. “Apart from telling people that no one is above law, the judgement also sets an example on the ills of drunken driving and may discourage his admirers from indulging in such an activity,” she asserts.
IT professional, Ilyas Syed, is of the opinion that Salman’s case will be a repetition of what happened with Sanjay Dutt. “The judgement hasn’t benefited the victims. One should not make the mistake of rejoicing his conviction in haste. He already has procured an interim relief. He will appeal in higher courts. And even if he does go to the jail, he will get VIP treatment, come out on parole, shoot movies, earn big money and go back to jail again just like Sanjay Dutt,” he says.
And then there are die-hard fans who feel the Dabangg actor’s work with his NGO Being Human is proof enough to give him a second chance. “Salman not only has a mass following, he has also touched millions of needy lives in a meaningful and positive way. It would do more good to the needy people of India especially children by pardoning him than punishing him. The good work that he has done so far supercedes the lone case of the hit and run and we need to see him as a human being and not a murderer,” says Mishaal Sarawgi, a corporate employee.
B-town oozes love
Sidharth Malhotra @S1dharthM
@beingsalmankhan “U never realise how strong you are.Until being strong is the only choice you have”More strength n power 2him n his family
Sonakshi Sinha @sonakshisinha
Terrible news. Dnt knw wht to say except tht will stand by @BeingSalmanKhan no matter what. Hes a good man and no 1 can tk tht away frm him.
Saroj Khan ?@sarojkhanji
@BeingSalmanKhan you r a winner. You will b a winner ! #SalmanKhanVerdict #salmangetsbail
There is an enormous difference between being a criminal and being human. True justice is then served. Keep d faith @BeingSalmanKhan
Hurts to think of what could happen. We will always be with you. Hope the judge sees the beauty of a human being that Salman Khan is.
Varun SURESH Dhawan?@Varun_dvn
My prayers are with @BeingSalmanKhan and his family who I know love this country and respect its judiciary.
Not commenting on courts verdict- but my heart goes out 2 @BeingSalmanKhan :large hearted & 1 of d finest people I hv met in this industry.
Wajid Khan @wajidkhan7
My Maa is not well I’m sitting by her side n praying 4 @BeingSalmanKhan n heart is wth his family #WeLoveYouSalmanKhan...
Arpita Khan Sharma ?@khanarpita
Today is a big day for us & we know we are not alone.Thank you for your Dua’s, love & support always. God bless !
Atul Agnihotri @atulreellife
God bless you all for the messages of love and support.. Makes us feel so much stronger. Sachi Dua say bada kuch nahi.
Aarti Chabria @aartichabria
I dnt support drunk driving!BUT!Im also against ppl sleeping on the dam footpath!Very sad to hear the #SalmanKhanVerdict Prayers wid d fly.
Kutta rd pe soyega kutte ki maut marega, roads garib ke baap ki nahi hai. I ws homeles an year nvr slept on rd@BeingSalmanKhan @sonakshisinha
Farah Khan @FarahKhanAli
The govt should be responsible for housing ppl.If no 1was sleeping on d road in any other country Salman wuld not have driven over anybody.
Farah Khan @FarahKhanAli
It’s like penalising a train driver because someone decided to cross the tracks and got killed in the bargain. #salmankhancase
Ram Gopal Varma ?@RGVzoomin
Everybody prayed for Salman n nobody prayed for Judge n yet God sided with Judge ..Does that say something about the judge,God or Salman?
Javed Miandad @SirJavedMiandad
Salman Khan Ko Manta Hon Yaal Doston Ko Kabhi Akela Nai Cholta
*Tu Chal Mein Aaya Tu Chal Mein Aaya*
Paresh Rawal @Babu_Bhaiyaa
2 PM-Salman convicted Group1-Court is unfair
Grp2-Wow..grt..Law is equal
4 PM-Salman got bail G1- had full faith in Law
G2-Court is unfair
Relieved to find the Judge was not driving the car. #SalmanVerdict
Salman khan is not guilty, ,, #WeLoveYouSalmanKhan #WithSalman
?Ls?? Sal?a?$ ??a?t? @Lovelysalmank
God plz plz plz plz plz listen our prayer #WeLoveYouSalmanKhan <3 @beingsalmankhan
Saleha Ahmed ?@Sallyy06
“Unintentionally he killed few people but Intentionally he saved many.But in a society we always ignore the good part” #SalmanKhan #Verdict
Geele Ho gaye? ?@KarKePehno
People’s love for him will obviously not decrease. He made a mistake, everyone does, if he did. #SalmanKhan #Verdict
Dr Neelu Goswami ?@NeelakshiGswm
Salman shd remove his lawyers, all of thm useless. If he gets a good lawyer sessions court verdict will be blown away #SalmanKhanVerdict
Swati Jadhav @cupidstrike23
@BeingSalmanKhan No Matter What,, We Are With U Till Our Last Breath. Will Love U More Everyday. #WeStandBySalman