BHARATHI S PRADHAN Columnist, Critic and Author
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.