Saif, Sonali, Tabu, Neelam return to Mumbai sans Salman Khan

Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and Tabu returned to Mumbai after the court’s verdict. They all looked depressed and thoughtful as they were clicked at the airport.

“We are happy for us but we are disappointed for Salman Khan. Justice has not been given properly in this case. I am feeling bad for him,” Neelam’s husband Samir Soni said.

Salman Khan was convicted in 1998 blackbuck poaching case and has been sentenced to five years in jail. He was sent to Jodhpur Central jail. He was given jail uniform no 106. His bail plea will be heard tomorrow.

Salman Khan’s lawyer Anand Desai said that although they respected the court’s verdict, the decision “came as a surprise”

“Also, in the present case the Hon’ble Court has acquitted all the 5 co-accused which would imply that Salman was out hunting alone in the middle of the night in a remote area outside Jodhpur. We have preferred an appeal to the Hon’ble Sessions Court and applied for an urgent hearing today,” he said in a statement.

“He was made to undergo medical test & has no medical issues. He hasn’t made any demands. We’ll give him jail uniform tomorrow. Multiple-layer security has been put up for his ward,” Vikram Singh, Jodhpur DIG told.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri said, “The accused is a popular actor whose deeds are followed by people. Despite this, the accused hunted two blackbucks.”

The Bishnoi community rejoiced over the court’s decision but also expressed dissatisfaction over the acquittal of other actors. “We’ll analyse the judgement. We want an immediate appeal to be filed against those who have been acquitted,”Rampal Bhawad, State President, Bishnoi Tigers Vanya Evam Paryavaran Sanstha told ANI.

Actor-turned-politician and Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan expressed sadness over Salman Khan verdict and said, “I feel bad. He should be given relief. He has done a lot of humanitarian work.”

“We are happy that justice has prevailed and a serial offender is behind bars. The judiciary has once again proved that the popularity of the accused has no bearing on the case before the court,”said Gauri Maulekhi of People For Animals.