A petition challenging the two-day interim bail granted to Bollywood actor Salman Khan – convicted in a hit-and-run case – is filed in India’s Supreme Court.
MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA (MAY 07, 2015) (ANI) – A petition challenging the two-day interim bail granted to Bollywood actor Salman Khan – convicted in a hit-and-run case – was filed in India’s Supreme Court on Thursday (May 07).
The actor was sentenced to five-year imprisonment on Wednesday (May 6) by a sessions court in Mumbai, but was soon granted bail for two days by the Bombay High Court.
“He was convicted at 1.30 pm (0800 GMT) and at 2.30 pm (0900GMT) he appealed for bail and immediately his bail application was sent for hearing and interim orders were given. This does not happen with common people. I think law should be equal for all. We appeal the Supreme Court to reject his bail application and he should be taken to the custody and entertain the bail application when it comes in regular course,” petitioner Akhilesh Choubey said in Mumbai.
The petitioner’s plea will be heard in Bombay High Court on Friday (May 8).
Meanwhile, friends and family members kept pouring in at Khan’s ‘Galaxy’ apartment in Mumbai to extend support.
Father Salim Khan, brother Arbaaz Khan and sisters Alvira and Arpita were seen at Khan’s residence.
Chief of regional Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS), Raj Thackeray, who is known to be close to Khan, also called on the actor at his residence.
Besides, Bollywood celebrities like Aamir Khan and filmmaker Karan Johar also met the actor and his family members.
The actor, who has appeared in nearly 100 Hindi-language films, was charged with culpable homicide and driving under the influence after crashing his SUV into a bakery in Mumbai.
Khan, 49, had successfully dodged charges for several years. At one point, the Bollywood star had placed the blame on his driver, although the judge refused to believe his testimony. The judge determined that the actor was solely responsible for the deadly incident.
The 49-year-old actor had recently been filming a new movie in Kashmir.
According to the BBC, he reportedly broke down inside court as the guilty verdict was announced.
An advocate, Abha Singh, in New Delhi, questioned the bail given to the actor.
“13 years delay but 3 hours speedy system, and we would be happy if the judiciary moved at such a fast pace for all the cases not only one case of Salman Khan,” said Singh.
The verdict casts a shadow over Khan’s upcoming releases. His next was scheduled to be “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” a co-production between his Salman Khan Productions and Kabir Khan Productions, directed by Kabir Khan (“Ek tha Tiger”) distributed by Eros Intl. on July 17. Eros, however, updated its release schedule Wednesday and made no change to the timing of “Bajrangi Bhaijaan.” Khan has “Prem ratan dhan payo” from Rajshri Productions and Fox Star Studios India, due Nov. 13, directed by Sooraj Barjatya.
One source has said that even the appeals process will stunt Khan’s career and cost Bollywood up to 5 billion rupees ($85 million) in lost revenues over the next two years.
Bollywood celebrities have been largely supportive of Khan. One, fashion designer Farah Khan Ali, went further and appeared to blame the victim for the accident by sleeping on the footpath.