ABHA SINGH Senior Lawyer fighting against Salman in the hit-and-run case
Salman spending two nights in jail was just a trailer of his long imprisonment. The chinkara case was compromised from day one with the evidences not connected properly. But in the blackbuck case, there is an Investigation Officer (IO). The forensic department of Hyderabad has clearly shown that the carcass found belonged to the same blackbuck which was killed. So this time, the forensic investigation of the Hyderabad laboratory is perfect. It’s unlikely that the Rajasthan High Court will let him go scot free. Although I do feel five years imprisonment for the blackbuck case is a little harsh. Since he has violated The Wildlife Protection Act, he should serve a sentence of minimum two years. So the High Court can, at the maximum, reduce the punishment. But like the chinkara case, he will not be absolved as the matter is sub judice in the Supreme Court. The investigation officer (IO) has done a better job in the second case. So Salman doesn’t have an advantage this time, like he did with a shoddy investigation in the chinkara killing. I don’t know Salman personally but I have seen him in court. He has all the right people at the right places, working for him. Baba Siddique works as his personal staff and I have seen him running around for him. But it is his father who manages everything. Salman just comes and there are people around him to guard his interests. My impression is that most of the time, he doesn’t even know what is going on. He is totally into the make-believe world. When the fiveyears order was given in the hit-andrun case, he started crying in court and he told the judge ‘you are my god, you can decide anything’. Being Human was also floated for an image makeover. And the industry, who is always up in arms for him, is looking only at his commercial success. For them, their commercial interests are prior to their other interests.