BOL­LY­WOOD JOY­OUS FOR SAL­MAN

The buck stops here: Sal­man Khan’s friends in the in­dus­try breathed a sigh of re­lief and con­grat­u­lated him for his ac­quit­tal in the 1998 poach­ing cases

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri.na­yar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Ac­tor Sal­man Khan trended on Twit­ter on Monday morn­ing, with sev­eral fans and in­dus­try well-wish­ers post­ing con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages, as the Ra­jasthan High Court in Jodh­pur ac­quit­ted Sal­man in the 1998 black­buck and chinkara poach­ing cases.

Ex­press­ing re­lief and joy for Sallu, film­maker Ram Gopal Varma wrote: “Only celebrity cases make us re­alise how dead slow ju­di­ciary works .it’s scary it took 20yrs for court to de­cide Sal­man khan is not guilty (sic).” Another tweet by film­maker Ashoke Pan­dit read: “Con­grat­u­la­tions for be­ing ac­quit­ted in the black Buck poach­ing case (sic).”

Sal­man, along with seven of his co-ac­tors from Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), were ac­cused of killing a black­buck and a chinkara on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions. One was killed at Bhawad on Septem­ber 26, 1998 and the other at Ghoda Farms on Septem­ber 28, the same year.

Film­maker Sub­hash Ghai, who has di­rected Sal­man in Yuvvraaj (2008), said Sal­man is “head­ing for a bet­ter time”, be­com­ing a “bet­ter hu­man be­ing” by sup­port­ing so­cial causes. “Ac­quit­tal of Sal­man khan is a story of bad times, good times and stars of a star. I fully be­lieve in our In­dian ju­di­ciary which keeps many doors open to knock for fair jus­tice even­tu­ally,” he said. Film­maker Rakesh Roshan, who worked with the ac­tor in Karan Ar­jun (1995), also said: “This is good for him. Sal­man is a fine boy and a great ac­tor. He is also a close friend.”

Ac­tors close to Sal­man said it was a big day. Pulkit Sam­rat, who was men­tored by Sal­man and was mar­ried to Sal­man’s rakhi sis­ter Sh­weta Ro­hira, said: “Jus­tice can­not be poached, I am super happy for him”. Ac­tor Sonu Sood — who shared the screen with Sal­man in Da­bangg (2010) — was mak­ing plans to con­grat­u­late him in per­son. “I am happy for Sal­man. He was un­der stress about this. He is great guy and we share a close as­so­ci­a­tion. This is a big re­lief,” he said.

Breath­ing a sigh of re­lief, Sal­man’s fam­ily thanked the almighty and well-wish­ers. “Thank You God for al­ways show­er­ing us with your grace & bless­ings. To­day is a big day for us @Be­ingSal­manKhan,” tweeted sis­ter Ar­pita Khan Sharma.

Of course, there weren’t only happy posts. Twit­terati had a field day pok­ing fun. “Stupid #black­buck had com­mit­ted sui­cide (sic),” tweeted @Mi­tra­jitB while @NigelBritto wrote: “The ju­di­ciary should pro­pound a doc­trine of an­tic­i­pa­tory ac­quit­tal es­pe­cially for Sal­man. It could save his and ev­ery­one else’s time (sic).”

AC­TOR PRE­ITY ZINTA JOINED SAL­MAN AND FAM­ILY AS THEY CEL­E­BRATED THE AC­TOR’S AL­LEGED GIRL­FRIEND IULIA VANTUR’S 36TH BIRTH­DAY ON SUN­DAY NIGHT

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