Plenty are waiting to know what the judgement will be on Salman Khan’s accident case. The judgement that was to come on June 24, 2013 has directed the actor to be tried for homicide as against the lesser charge of rash and negligible driving. The trial will begin on July 19, 2013. The possible sentence can be 10 years for this (an aside: isn’t it strange that for someone (Sanjay Dutt) who was practically booked under TADA the sentence was just 5 years? Something slightly warped there. There must be a stronger punishment in both cases.).
For those who don’t remember the details of the decade old incident, here is a quick recap. On September 28, 2002 Salman Khan, in allegedly driving in a drunken state drove his SUV over five people sleeping on the pavement in Bandra, Mumbai killing one of them and injuring the others. In a dastardly fashion, Salman ran away from the spot.
At that time Salman had asked for and got police protection so a Mumbai Police constable, Ravindra Patil was with him in his Land Cruiser. It was Patil who filed the FIR against Salman Khan leading to the actor’s arrest 8 hours later.
It has been over a decade now that the case is still dragging on. Delayed endlessly. In Ravindra Patil’s case, delayed forever. While Salman is being tried for homicide of the person who died in the accident, Ravindra Patil too is a victim of the same celebrity. He lost his job, family and life to the machinations of the actor. His is a truly heartrending story.
If there is any sentence for driving a person to death, this would surely qualify and would be punishable to the maximum sentence. If there is any sentence for driving a person to death, this would surely qualify and would be punishable to the maximum sentence.
But this is not the only transgression from the hero of millions. He has been infamous for beating up the women he has been involved with. This hushed rumour was spectacularly brought into public via a written statement issued by Aishwaraya Rai in April 2003. (Read Aishwarya Rai’s statement here)
Hardly a role model, this man. But wait, it doesn’t end there. Neither humans nor animals are safe from Salman Khan.
Black bucks, an endangered species declared protected by the government in the Wildlife Act and considered sacred by the Bishnois in Rajasthan were fair game for the actor. Almost fifteen years back, in 1998, Salman Khan and Saif Ali Khan shooting in Jodhpur for Rajshri’s Hum Saath Saath Hai hunted, killed and ate two of the sacred animals. This case too is dragging on in the courts.
In addition to these, there have been a number of reports of Salman Khan hitting people which haven’t gone into FIRs. Of the various incidents of fisticuffs two widely reported ones (because of the stature of the other party involved) have been the one with Shahrukh Khan (at Katrina’s birthday party in 2008). There are varied reports about whether this one actually went into fisticuffs or not. Similarly, there was a fight with Sunjay Dutt at the latter’s residence where Salman allegedly gate crashed into a party that Dutt was hosting. Again, varied reports about the nature (verbal or physical) of the fight. But the fact remains, that Salman Khan seems to feel his fists talk better than his inarticulate mumblings.
The final cherry on the icing of Salman’s cake of “glory” is his alleged links with the underworld. The controversy about Salman’s Chori Chori Chupke Chupke being an underworld investment had opened quite a can of worms about the Bollywood-underworld nexus. In those days, there was a tape and transcript doing rounds that allegedly was a conversation between Salman and Aishwaraya. In that conversation the person purported to be Salman is heard boasting about his links with the big names in the underworld. While the tape was declared a hoax, the content of the tapes had driven Preity Zinta to file a charge against Salman Khan.
Celebrity in India seems to engender extremely irresponsible living; the celebrities safe in the knowledge that their fame raises them above laws, much like helium raises balloons above all else. And the pity is that these are the people that the youth in the country look up to.
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