BHARATHI S PRAD­HAN Colum­nist, Critic and Au­thor

Society - - SOCIETY SAYS SO -

It’s all right to say he is harassed for some­body but legally, none of this is ten­able. If he is tak­ing the blame for some­one else, then he should let the court know. This in­cludes the state­ments I have made too, which don’t stand from the le­gal per­spec­tive. I have also been told a long time back that he didn’t do it. Sal­man him­self has said on Koel Puri’s show that he was not the one who shot the black­buck. But the judge will go by what­ever ev­i­dence he has be­fore him, ir­re­spec­tive of whether he shot or no. So if he didn’t do it, he should come out and tell us who it is. As per my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of know­ing Sal­man, he is a very charm­ing per­son to meet. But you don’t talk about that or the char­ity he does be­cause that’s not re­lated to the case. The case is about some­thing else. Which is why I feel all his col­leagues from the film in­dus­try, who have been go­ing on about how nice a per­son he is, should lay off. It’s putting off peo­ple ac­tu­ally. Peo­ple’s sen­ti­ments are not as strong as they were ear­lier. If you lay on too thick about how nice he is – which I com­pletely agree as well and I also know of a lot of peo­ple who have ben­e­fit­ted from his char­ity – you are not do­ing him any jus­tice. It has noth­ing to do with the law. Let the law take it’s course. As for the fu­ture of this case, 20 years is a very long time. And that’s true for any­body in court, not just for Sal­man or any other celebrity. I think jus­tice de­layed is jus­tice de­nied to ev­ery­body. So the law should take its own course, and very very quickly.

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