The Bombay high court on Friday suspended the five-year jail term of actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case, triggering wild celebrations among his fans across the country.
After tense 48 hours, the high court’s verdict, although temporary, came as much-needed relief for the Khan family.
“Everyone at home is much calmer, especially Salman Khan’s mother, who had taken ill after the five-year sentence was announced. They will, of course, now think about what needs to be done next. They have been hopeful all this while and that stays,” said an insider, on condition of anonymity.
Some of the actor’s friends like Ajay Devgn, Himesh Reshammiya, Anu Malik, Abbas Mustan rushed to his residence at Bandra, soon after the verdict was announced.
MLA Baba Siddique, who has been with Khan since Wednesday’s hearing and who also attended the HC hearing on Friday, said, “Things are much better [at the Khan household]. Everyone, including Khan, is relieved at this point. We fought legally and the high court was kind enough to grant him bail and suspend the sentence. Let’s see…”
Members of the Khan family, however, remained unavailable for comment. Salman’s sister Arpita Khan said, “The family does not wish to comment on the subject.”