As diehard yet sensible Salman Khan fans, right from his ‘A O Jaane Jaana’ to his evergreen shirtlessness and even through his rather disappointing ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo’; our loyalties remained with Bhai. His other fans along with his loved ones have tirelessly watched him move in and out of courts and back and forth of the bars.
This epoch has boiled to a point where, We, simple Indian citizens, and Bollywood buffs are asking – What is the judiciary really up to?
Today, the 9th of December, happens to be another hearing in the Bombay high court for the ‘hit n run’ case and our very own Salman Khan has served another visit to the court. The case is proceeding on the basis of more evidence, but at snail’s pace, because even after 14 years it hasn’t reached any conclusion yet. The whole probe started back in 2002.
On 28th September 2002, Salman Khan was arrested for a hit and run case, pertaining to negligent and rash driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in the death of one person and leaving four others seriously injured.
On 24th July 2013, he was charged for culpable homicide, which he pleaded not guilty, and on 6th May 2015, it was declared as culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Khan’s driver, Ashok Singh gave his testimony stating that it was him driving the car during the mishap. Khan was granted bail till the 8th of May and later his prison sentence was suspended till a hearing scheduled for July. Adding to the chaos, mysteriously enough, Police Constable Ravindra Patil, a prime witness for the case, was kidnapped and then found dead, raising another set of questions.
The scrutiny, mental harassment and unwanted media glare that all the people involved in this case have faced over the past 14 years, clearly shows the flawed judicial system of this country and not just what happened that night with Salman.
— EconomicTimes (@EconomicTimes) December 9, 2015
It’s not that us fans don’t want their favourite actor to be accountable for his deeds, it’s actually more about the lethargic system of the country. Every time a celebrity is involved in a criminal case, there’s more beating around the bush than anything else! Even after years and evidence in abundance, no conclusions are drawn.
Salman has attended numerous hearings in the court since the allegations. The sheer dilly-dallying has been a complete waste of time; had he been sentenced to imprisonment which extends up to 10 years in cases of culpable homicide, when the case first came to light, he would have already had served his term!
There’s no dearth of cases that have layers of dust settled on them over time, waiting for justice to be served while the people concerned wait in hope.
As exasperated fans, we ask a humble question, will the court end the agony and tell us– Bhai: Guilty or not?
Aamina Rahim & Akanksha Sharma