New Delhi: Superstar Salman Khan was convicted on Thursday in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case and is sentenced to a 5-year jail term by a Jodhpur court. However, the other actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam Kothari involved in the case were acquitted.As soon as the news of Salman's conviction broke, celebrities from both the television and film industry took to Twitter to extend their support to the actor and express 'shock' over the jail term.
Such outdated archaic laws in India that really need to be changed! Parts of our legal system needs a revisit! Any1 can file a case on anyone! One court says not guilty other says guilty! People thrown from court to court! @BeingSalmanKhan doesn’t deserve this at all! Ridiculous
— Raj Kundra (@TheRajKundra) April 5, 2018
Punishing a good human being is not acceptable.
Animal poaching is ever increasing, jungles are cut in the name of urban development, isn't it leading to wildlife killing, who will be punished for that?#SalmanKhan@BeingSalmanKhan#BlackBuckPoachingCase
— Shilpa Shinde (@ShindeShilpaS) April 5, 2018
... @BeingSalmanKhan surely paying the price for being celebrity...
— Annup Sonii (@Anupsonicp) April 5, 2018
Samir Soni on blackbuck poaching case verdict
"We are happy for us but we are disappointed for #SalmanKhan. Justice has not been given properly in this case. I am feeling bad for him," Samir Soni, actor and husband of actress Neelam, told ANI.
— Bandgi Kalra (@BandgiK) April 5, 2018
The law takes its course. Can’t argue it. But at this point in time I just feel helpless and my heart goes out to @BeingSalmanKhan and his family. Reason, cause the last thing @BeingSalmanKhan is, is a criminal.I feel this is too harsh. I do hope he gets the relief he deserves.
— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) April 5, 2018
Veteran actress Jaya Bachchan too expressed her shock on blackbuck poaching case verdict
"I feel bad. He should be given relief. He has done a lot of humanitarian work," Jaya Bachchan told ANI.
I am extremely shocked to hear @BeingSalmanKhan being convicted by session court but also having full trust in indian judiciary which has many other doors to appeal for final justice whatsoever. Since He is most loved person by industry N people for his human reasons too.
— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) April 5, 2018
वाह रे क़ानून! Rape और Murder के Victims चक्कर पर चक्कर लगाते रहते है उनका कोई Insaaf नहीं। एक आदमी @BeingSalmanKhan जो कितनी Charity और Proper टैक्स भरता है। उसको 20 साल पहले Incident के लिये फँसा रखा है! #IStandWithSalmanKhan #BlackBuckPoachingCase
— Manveer Gurjar (@imanveergurjar) April 5, 2018
The 'Dabangg' actor was accused of killing two blackbucks on October 2, 1998, in Kankani village in Jodhpur during the shooting of the film 'Hum Saath Saath Hain'.
The 52-year-old actor has spent a night at the Jodhpur Central Jail and is awaiting a response to his bail plea. His bail application is expected to be heard around 10.30 by the sessions court today.
This is his fourth stint in the Jodhpur Central Jail. He has earlier spent a total of 18 days in the jail in 1998, 2006 and 2007, all for cases of poaching.