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Salman Khan tweets Yakub Memon ‘innocent’, apologises after father tells him off

Criminal lawyer Majid Memon said Salman Khan’s tweets either way were “inconsequential” because he does not know the facts of the case.

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Actor Salman Khan posted a series of tweets Sunday suggesting Yakub Memon is innocent and should not be hanged for the acts of his brother ‘Tiger’ Memon. It sparked protests outside his home where police had to be deployed, outrage on social media and criticism from his father, Salim Khan, following which Salman withdrew and apologised.

In his initial tweets, starting with “Hang Tiger”, Salman said “Brother is being hanged for tiger” and that the brother had no right to call himself “Tiger”. This was followed by “1 innocent man killed is killing the humanity”, which invited the backlash.

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BJP MP Kirit Somaiya demanded to know why Salman felt the court was guilty and Yakub innocent and why the actor was more worried about terrorists than those who suffered in the attacks. In UP, MP Yogi Adityanath issued a statement saying, “A person who himself has been sentenced by a court and is out on interim bail opposes the hanging of a person responsible for a terror incident that claimed the lives of innocent people. This is promotion of terrorism.”

Somaiya threatened to raise the matter in Parliament. BJP leader Ashish Shelar met the governor and submitted a letter calling for cancellation of the bail granted to Salman in the 2002 hit-and-run case.

Shiv Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said, “The protests outside the actor’s home are a spontaneous reaction of Sainiks. Our party chief Uddhav Thackeray is of the view that no importance should be given to such comments.” Uddhav sought to know if Salman was saying the court was wrong.

In Satara, protesters blackened posters of Salman’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said the tweets could invite charges of contempt of court. After Salman took his tweets back, however, Nikam said the issue is now settled.

Criminal lawyer Majid Memon said Salman Khan’s tweets either way were “inconsequential” because he does not know the facts of the case.

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Salman’s father Salim Khan got into damage control and told the media Salman’s comments were “ridiculous and meaningless”, and since he was ignorant of the matter his views should not be taken seriously.

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A little later, Salman tweeted afresh. “I had tweeted that Tiger Memon should hang for his crimes and I stand by it. What I also said is that Yakub Memon should not hang for him… I have not said or implied that Yakub Memon is innocent… My dad called and said I should retract my tweets as they have the potential to create misunderstanding. I hereby retract them… I would like to unconditionally apologise for any misunderstanding I may have created unintentionally.”

First published on: 27-07-2015 at 03:49:51 am
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