Superstar Salman Khan was convicted on Thursday morning for the 1999 blackbuck case at the Jodhpur court. The verdict came as a complete shock to his friends and family .Minutes after the verdict, Salman’s sister’s Alvira and Arpita who were in the courtroom were seen looking numb and disbelieving.
While further developments on the verdict are awaited (it’s been reported he will apply for bail and get it too), a close friend of Salman who’s also a top notch producer feels this is not entirely unexpected. “I guess it is a price you have for being Salman Khan. Right now I am too dazed to say anything.”
While Salman’s father, Salim Khan was told about the honourable court’s verdict immediately after it was pronounced, Salman’s mother was not informed immediately. “Of course Salma Aunty will come to know soon enough. But we haven’t told her the verdict,” said a family friend, adding that the court’s decision came as “bolt from the blue” for the superstar’s family and friends.
However when news of Salman getting a two-year sentence with a provision for a bail application came in there were we-told-you-so whispers. “We were not prepared for this at all,” said a family-friend. “We were much more apprehensive about the verdict in the hit-and-run case. When Bhai was cleared of all charges in that, we heaved a sigh of relief thinking this (the black bucks case) would be relatively simpler.”
Not one of Salman’s friends and family members wanted to comment on record. Singer-actor and BJP cabinet minister Baabul Supriyo who has sung a number songs for Salman is all for the law having its way. “It's not really about an individual or whether he is convicted or exonerated. In this democratic country, the judiciary delivers its verdict after allowing fair trials in the courts. As someone who has sung several songs for Salman Khan, nurturing fond memories of many a world tour, I am sad at his conviction but then the law of the land applies to all and rules are supreme irrespective of social status, mighty, high or low.”