Hours after the Bombay High Court suspended his five-year sentence in the 2002 hit-and-run case and granted him bail pending his appeal against conviction, actor Salman Khan thanked his fans and well-wishers on Twitter.
“All those who prayed for and supported me thank u meherbani shukriya,” he tweeted.
All those who prayed for and supported me thank u meherbani shukriya .
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) May 8, 2015
The tweet instantly went viral, getting more than 10,000 retweets in no time.
Salman was convicted on Wednesday on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the 2002 case in which one man had died and four were injured when Khan’s white Toyota Land Cruiser ran over men sleeping on a pavement in suburban Bandra. Soon after the verdict, the High Court had given him interim bail until May 8.
As Salman’s regular bail plea came up for hearing in the Bombay High Court Friday, his fans had gathered outside the court to catch a glimpse of the star, though he had been exempted from appearance.
One of his fans, Gourango Kundu even tried to commit suicide outside the court by consuming a poisonous substance. He was admitted to Gokuldas Tejpal hospital where his condition is stated to be stable.
A huge crowd of his fans had also gathered outside Galaxy Apartments, Salman’s residence in Bandra, and broke into celebrations after hearing the news of him getting bail.
Salman alludes to ‘Jai Ho dialogue’ to thank his fans
A much-relieved Salman Khan today responded to the cheering fans gathered outside his residence by waving to them with three fingers, instead of customary victory sign of two fingers, apparently alluding to his famous dialogue in the Hindi film ‘Jai Ho’.
In this film, where Salman appears as a crusader against corruption, he says, “Aap thank you mat kahiye… uske badle mein teen logon ki madad kijiye…aur un teeno se kehna ki woh teen aur ki madad karen…duniya badal jayegi.” (Don’t thank me, rather you do a good turn to three others and ask them to help another three people each…the world will change.).
The fans who gathered in front of the Galaxy apartment in suburban Bandra, where Salman lives, included many women who danced and sang upon seeing the actor back home.
Salman was joined on the balcony by his father, well-known script-writer Saleem Khan.
The crowd had gathered near the actor’s house since morning. At times police had to chase the people away to clear the road for traffic.
The Bombay High Court today granted bail to Salman after he was convicted by the trial court in the 2002 hit-and-run case and sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment.
(With PTI Inputs)
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