For 18 years, Jodhpur-based advocate Hastimal Saraswat, 62, has been associated with actor Salman Khan, representing him in four cases against him in Rajasthan courts.
On Monday, when the Rajasthan High Court acquitted the actor in two cases of chinkara poaching, a relieved Saraswat credited it to his “hard work and professionalism”.
“It is because of this professionalism that I have never clicked a photograph with him in all these years,” he told The Indian Express.
An advocate since 1978, Saraswat said he was approached by the Khan family in 1998. “When the cases were first lodged, they approached some local advocates. Some senior advocates from Mumbai came here too. Within a week, they settled for me,” he said.
“Initially, Salman’s father Salim Khan and both his wives, Salma and Helen, used to come here with Salman’s sister Alvira. For a decade now, only Alvira has been visiting Jodhpur and closely working with us on the case,” he said.
Saraswat said he has never visited Khan’s home in Mumbai, but added that he attended Salman’s sister Arpita’s wedding in November 2014.
Though Saraswat “assisted” senior advocate Mahesh Bora, 66, in the High Court, the latter was engaged by Salman only around October last year.
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Reacting to the order, Bora said, “Justice is delivered as the most fabricated and concocted case was established by the police against Salman.”