Jodhpur court has convicted Salman Khan with 5 years of jail and Rs 10,000 fine as punishment in blackbuck poaching case of 1998. On October 1, 1998, Bishnoi villagers of Kankani near Jodhpur had heard gunshots and upon rushing to the spot, they found 2 blackbucks dead and had allegedly seen Salman Khan driving a car fleeing from the spot. It was the time when Salman was shooting for ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in that area.
Blackbuck is an endangered animal under the Indian Wildlife Act and its poaching is thus a criminal offence. Also, the animal has a special importance in Bishnoi community who treat it like their children. Hence, the Bishnois, who filed the case against Salman Khan and his co-actors Saif Ali Khan, Neelam Kothari, Tabu and Sonali Bendre had demanded maximum punishment for them.
However, actors Saif Ali Khan, Neelam Kothari, Tabu and Sonali Bendre have been acquitted for the lack of evidence while Salman was found guilty. After the court’s judgement, Salman was taken straight to Jodhpur Central Jail and spent the night of April 5, 2018, there.
Meanwhile, there is an interesting reaction from across the border on the matter. Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif has said that court has convicted Salman because he belongs to “minority” and not the “religion of ruling party of India”.
Salman Khan jailed because he’s a minority: Khawaja Asif https://t.co/VWhMJPTiw7
— Geo English (@geonews_english) 5 April 2018
Describing the court’s decision as “discriminatory”, Khwaja Asif said:
“Salman Khan has been sentenced because he’s a minority. May be if he belonged to the religion of the ruling party of India he would not have been given such a harsh sentence and the court might have been lenient with him.”
It is obvious that Twitterati couldn’t have kept calm after learning about Khawaja Asif’s statement. Here is how they reacted:
And Saif Ali Khan let off because he’s Hindu?https://t.co/jsRKY3AQut
— Rohit Agarwal (@ragarwal) 5 April 2018
सैफ अली खान और तब्बू खानम
यह माइनॉरिटी नहीं है ?
या फिर यह
अपना धर्म बदल चुके हैं
— Justice4Chandan (@alanands3) 5 April 2018
@KhawajaMAsif – Dude no wonder Pakistan is such in dire straits. Seems the qualification required to be a leader in #Pakistan, be it civilian or #Army, is a person with Brains of a Jellyfish (They have none for last 650 years now) 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Satya Vats (@IndiaInnov) 5 April 2018
This guy is ignored in all international forums. Just ask about HBL in wall Street and see jp Morgan Chase call the cops on you. If Pakistan’s a joke this guy is the clown. First talk about IPL, then Kashmir (nothing surprising), now Salman Khan & he’s a foreign minister 🤦♂️
— Sanjiv Raman (@imsanjivraman) 5 April 2018
Thankfully Saif Ali Kumar & Tabulakshmi are hindus, so they escaped this burden.
— Od (@odshek) 5 April 2018
bayan baazi mein bhi zara aql istemal karni chahye….
— Anis Motiwala (@anismotiwala) 5 April 2018
Sare Chutiye pakistan me hi kyun paye jate hai.https://t.co/bfrEjhdA6w
— लड्डू के भईया #HTL (@_shashisingh) 5 April 2018
Khawaja mere Khawaja ,Pakistanio ko chutiya bana jaa,Chutiyo ka shah tu,Nawaz ka dulara….
— Shubham (@Peripatus10) 5 April 2018
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