Bollywood actor Salman Khan was proven guilty of all charges against him in the 2002 hit-and-run case by Judge DW Deshpande at a Mumbai Sessions court on Wednesday.
The actor has been charged with culpable homicide and sentenced to 5 years of jail term under section 304(2) of the Indian Penal Code .
On Wednesday morning Salman's sister Arpita Khan tweeted saying,
Today is a big day for us & we know we are not alone.Thank you for your Dua's , love & support always. God bless !— Arpita Khan Sharma (@khanarpita) May 6, 2015
Salman reportedly listened to the verdict with tears in his eyes while his brother Sohail Khan left the court premises disappointed.
"I will pray for a lesser sentence. I have full sympathy with him," said Hema Malini as the verdict was made public.
"Heart goes out to Salman," said Sanjay Dutt's sister Priya Dutt . Priya also said that she completely understands what mental condition Salman is going through.
Actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi said, "I am really feeling very bad that my colleague Salman has been convicted. I think he still has a scope to appeal it to the higher courts. I think definitely he will have some considerations. He has got chance to take bail, meanwhile he can do justice to his films which have been committed."
Raj Babbar , who has shared screen with Salman in "Bodyguard", said, "It is a relief to those who were killed during the incident... Salman and his family are hurt. We respect the court's verdict."
I can only respond emotionally just now...my thoughts and prayers are with Salman and his family today....I wish them strength....— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) May 6, 2015
Terrible news. Dnt knw wht to say except tht will stand by @BeingSalmanKhan no matter what. Hes a good man and no 1 can tk tht away frm him.— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) May 6, 2015
In Salman's conviction case, justice would mean,commensurate compensation to the victim by accused+reasonable imprisonment for the accused..— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) May 6, 2015
Giving "exemplary" punishment to set an example for others is not fair on Salman. Whatever the sentence is, it has to be just #SalmanVerdict— raghu ram (@tweetfromRaghu) May 6, 2015
It hurts when your own are punished, even if they are in the wrong. We love you and are standing by you— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) May 6, 2015
@BeingSalmanKhan is a man who has always helped d underprivileged!A man who has done so much humanitarian work.Prayers for a fair judgement.— Bipasha Basu (@bipsluvurself) May 6, 2015
I won't comment on the courts judgement. But salman Bhai has the biggest heart and is the most helpful person in this industry— Varun SURESH Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) May 6, 2015
My prayers are with @BeingSalmanKhan and his family who I know love this country and respect its judiciary.— Varun SURESH Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) May 6, 2015
Let the law take its course. And let his fans be his force. Let the judgment be the difference between the two. And we know who may win.— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 6, 2015
Not commenting on courts verdict- but my heart goes out 2 @BeingSalmanKhan :large hearted & 1 of d finest people I hv met in this industry.— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) May 6, 2015
It doesn't matter what anyone or any court says he doesn't deserve this at any level...will stand by @BeingSalmanKhan no matter what...— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) May 6, 2015
Support and prayers for @BeingSalmanKhan and the entire khan family...may god give them courage at this sad time...— Sajid Khan (@SimplySajidK) May 6, 2015
All prayers for @BeingSalmanKhan ..May God give him happiness and joy all the way..Jai Mahasar Maa— satish kaushik (@satishkaushik2) May 6, 2015
Some tweets went a bit far as well,
We have not hacked this handle either. https://t.co/w16mS8PoFL— Faking News (@fakingnews) May 6, 2015
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Columnist Manu Joseph shared his experience with the star during an interview on Facebook.
I have met Salman Khan for a formal interview only once -- twelve years ago. Before that, once I spoke to him on the...Posted by Manu Joseph on Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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