New Delhi: It is after 13 long years that Bollywood actor Salman Khan and his fans can take a sigh of relief.
The Bombay High Court observed that prosecution had failed to prove that the actor had consumed liquor and was driving the Toyota Land Cruiser when the mishap occurred.
Justice A.R. Joshi acquitted the actor of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case, terming late Ravindar Patil as an unreliable witness.
Take a look at how Bollywood reacts:
Best things happens to best people :-) sir wish u all the happiness ,big congratulations @BeingSalmanKhan
— Armaan kohli (@armaankohli) December 10, 2015
God is always kind to good human beings, @BeingSalmanKhan with gods blessings is freed today from a hanging sword for thirteen years.cheers
— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) December 10, 2015
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) December 10, 2015
So happy that @BeingSalmanKhan is acquitted of all charges. Truth Prevails. Even if it takes 13 long years.:)
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) December 10, 2015
Director Anees Bazmee, who has worked with the "Dabangg" star in "No Entry" and "Ready", is happy for the actor.
"It (case) has taken a long time... It's a relief for him and his family. It has taken the court to come to conclusion so they would have taken into consideration a lot of factors. I don't know much about the law (whether it's a right or wrong decision). There is no one above the court," he added.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar feels it's a great relief for Salman and his family.
"For 13 years, he was going through this ordeal. So it is a great news for the film industry, directors, producers, and even his fans. I haven't read the judgement but Bombay High Court definitely saw something and gave the verdict which was absolutely right. It is a big, big relief for Salman," he said.
Actress-politician Hema Malini who played the role of Salman's mother on screen in "Baghban" is very happy for the acquittal of "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" star.
"We all feel good about him and this is a great news for all of us. He should now settle down and get married. This is what I wish for him," she said.
While producer Mukesh Bhatt chose to play safe saying he is happy for the 49-year-old actor.
"I am happy for him. Justice has a vague definition in this country. It's (justice) is a beautiful piece of poetry," he added.
Actress Madhuri Dixit who played Salman's leading lady in many of her hits said, "Anything good happens in anyone's life, I am happy about it."
(With PTI inputs)
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Double the celebration for me on the cards!!! Yipeeeeee
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