It was only after an arduous three-hour long wait inside court room 43 of The Bombay High Court that Salman Khan could finally walk out a free man having bid adieu to his accused status in the 2002 hit-and-run case. While the court pronounced him innocent in the case and acquitted him of all charges, the actor had to wait for almost three hours to complete the necessary legal formalities and documentation.
For most part of his three-hour wait, a forlorn looking Salman dressed in black checkered shirt and blue denims kept himself confined to the corner of the courtroom flanked by his bodyguard Shera to his left and brother-in-law Aayush to his right. Salman’s eyes looked puffy, serious and moist almost giving an impression that he could break down at any moment.
The actor kept a poker face while lawyers rushed through the papers that he had to sign. A security guard stood in front of the actor blocking everyone’s view while more than a dozen of policemen kept a watchful eye to keep unwanted and pesky fans at bay.
The news of Salman Khan in the court spread like wildfire and advocates, young and old, rushed in to catch a glimpse of the actor. The court officials and even the cleaning staff too thronged the courtroom prompting the police to usher everyone out to maintain peace inside the courtroom. While the decibel levels remained high due to the presence of a large crowd inside, Salman remained oblivious to the proceedings save for that one moment when he elicited concern when a man tripped and fell in his eagerness to see the star.
A few even tried clicking pictures of the actor inside the courtroom including an advocate in blatant disregard to the rules of court.
At close to 4.30 pm, the actor and his entourage exited with Alvira and Aayush taking a different route while Salman being ushered out from a private entrance meant for judges just to prevent crowd gathering.
As the actor left the court premises, people converged clicking the actor incessantly as Salman walked out with his new found freedom in hand.