In­no­cent Or Guilty? Sal­man's Court Saga In Full Bloom...

So­ci­ety car­ries out its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the how and why of the Sal­man Khan court tri­als


As much as it may make for a great dra­matic frame on screen, Sal­man Khan be­hind bars would be hard to digest as a re­al­ity for many. Given the su­per­star sta­tus that the ac­tor en­joys, the Jodh­pur court pro­nounc­ing him guilty in the 1998 black­buck case re­cently, while ac­quit­ting his sup­posed fel­low part­ners in crime – Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Nee­lam and Son­ali Ben­dre – came as a rude shock to his fans from the in­dus­try and out­side it. Sal­man was even ar­rested and spent two nights in the Jodh­pur Cen­tral Jail, be­fore be­ing bailed out. Ex­pect­edly, the shock has been so se­vere that there have been inces­sant sto­ries float­ing around Sal­man and the case ever since. Firstly, the in­dus­try went on its rou­tine over­drive, glo­ri­fy­ing Sal­man’s hu­mane side. Although there was a dash of mys­tery to the reg­u­lar ad­mi­ra­tion so­ci­ety sur­round­ing

Sallu this time around with Simi Gare­wal’s tweet, where she wrote, “One thing I am dead sure. Sal­man would never harm any an­i­mal. He loves them too much. The real cul­prit should be ex­posed, 20 years is too long to bear some­one else’s cross.” Then there was colum­nist, critic and au­thor Bharathi S Prad­han’s tweets which made the cu­rios­ity grow stronger. Bharathi, who is also known to be the in­dus­try in­sider, tweeted, “Won­der if some­one’s sleep­ing well tonight know­ing that @ Be­ing Sal­man Khan is spend­ing the night in jail when the whis­per is that some­one else pulled the

trig­ger…” Ru­mours started plagu­ing the so­cial me­dia that it was Tabu and Son­ali Ben­dre who egged Sal­man on to shoot and they were the ac­tual cul­prits. Then there were non-stop re­ports of how Sal­man wasn’t eat­ing in prison but kept up with his work-out rou­tine re­li­giously. Out­side the jail, re­ports also had gang­ster Ravi Pu­jari threat­en­ing Sal­man’s lawyer Ma­hesh Bora for fight­ing the case. Adding fuel to the fire was Pak­istan’s For­eign Min­is­ter Khawaja Asif, who re­marked on Sal­man’s fate be­cause he is a mi­nor­ity. And it con­tin­ued. Amidst all this commotion, there were some ques­tions which came haunt­ing back. Is Sal­man re­ally guilty or is he merely a vic­tim of celeb bash­ing? Worse, is he re­ally be­ing the sac­ri­fi­cial lamb, pro­tect­ing the life of some­one else? Or is the Ju­di­ciary of In­dia fi­nally wak­ing up to ‘equal­ity be­fore law’? Is Sal­man Khan the next bad boy of Bol­ly­wood to go to jail af­ter San­jay Dutt? And most im­por­tantly, what­ever the ver­dict, is it go­ing to take an­other decade for the court to de­cide Sal­man’s fate? While these ques­tions loom over bhai’s fu­ture, his present is clearly un­af­fected by all the court drama for now. Or so we as­sume!

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