Family, fans rally round Salman
If only Salim Khan, the man who scripted some of Indian cinema?s biggest hits (Sholay, for one), could script a different fate for his son Salman, he would have done that today.india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 02:37 IST
If only Salim Khan, the man who scripted some of Indian cinema’s biggest hits (Sholay, for one), could script a different fate for his son Salman, he would have done that today.
A day after he saw his son being sentenced to five years in jail, he reacted just like a father would: with anger and helplessness. He claimed his son's celebrity status was responsible for the "harsh" judgment against him. "But I am one hundred and ten per cent sure that justice will be meted out to him", he told reporters in Mumbai.
Salman's mother Salma Khan, who is in Leelavati Hospital in suburban Bandra after she fainted on hearing of the jail sentence, is stable.
She is under observation and her blood and cardio tests have been carried out. Her blood pressure has come down to normal and she is likely to be discharged in a day or two, Salim Khan said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Salman's brother Sohail Khan and sister Alvira Agnihotri, accompanied by a lawyer from Mumbai, called on the actor at the Jodhpur Central Jail.
The media parked itself all day outside the jail, waiting for celebrity visitors. Sohail Khan's car was allowed directly into the jail premises.
Jail Superintendent ML Chouhan told HT that Sohail and Alvira met Salman for about half an hour. They talked about the case against him and the plan to appeal before the District and Sessions Judge of Jodhpur on Wednesday.
Salman's siblings consoled him on behalf of father Salim Khan and said his mother was recovering. Around 2.20 pm, they returned to their hotel.
Earlier, Salman Khan's personal bodyguard and one of his friends called on him. They reportedly discussed the legal way out of the mess and got him to sign a fresh affidavit for filing an appeal in the higher court.