MUMBAI: Sentenced to five years in jail by a Mumbai court on Wednesday, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan returned home for two nights after the Bombay high court granted interim bail.
Salman drove down to his sea-facing joint family residence in Galaxy Apartments in Bandra West, a short distance from the scene of the September 28, 2002 accident in which he was found guilty of running over five people, leaving one dead.
He virtually received a hero’s welcome as his vehicle approached his home around 8pm, where a large number of excited fans, some crying and others screaming, waited to catch a glimpse of their heartthrob.
His personal security detail managed to keep away some women who surrounded Salman’s car and whisked him off to his home where his teary-eyed family members waited.
Salman’s bail application will come up for hearing on Friday (May 8) before Justice A M Thipsay of the Bombay high court, on the last day before the court closes for a month-long annual summer vacation.
While there were mixed reactions to the verdict, for the victims only compensation mattered. “Compensation matters more than conviction,” said the victims of the 2002 hit-and-run case.Abdullah Rauf Shaikh, who lost a leg in the accident, said, “Nobody came to visit me in the last 13 years. I am forced to do petty jobs to support my family and face a lot of problems.”
“However, I have no hard feelings for him (Salman).I still watch his movies,” he said, adding they were not pressurized by anyone.”Compensation matters more than conviction, my health and work suffered,” Shaikh said.
“If Salman is punished, I will not be benefited in any way as neither my leg will heal nor my problems would go away. Instead if they compensate us then we do not have any problem,” he said, recalling that he was 22 years old when he lost his leg in the incident.The wife of Nurullah Mehboob Sharif, who died in the accident, said, “We were told we will get a compensation of Rs 10 lakh, but what will we do with that amount at this time of inflation.”
She said that she would be benefited if her son gets a job.
cerdit : timesofindia