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Why make an example out of him? Asks Sohail

Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years' jail for killing a chinkara and it looks like serious trouble.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 14:45 IST
Subhash K Jha (IANS)
Subhash K Jha (IANS)

Sohail Khan hasn't slept much in the last two or three days. His brother Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years' jail for killing a chinkara and it looks like serious trouble.

Sohail, who has been in consultation with lawyers, said, "They are competent and they know what they are doing. But they are helpless. With due respect to the law, our lawyers think the five-year sentence is unjust. Our lawyers don't know what's happening."

He further added, "He is all right... He is in good health and yes he is eating. It's my mom we are worried about. After she heard the sentence she couldn't take it. She can't bear the thought that Salman bhai is helpless in jail."

The entire Khan clan is under tremendous pressure.

"It's really sad. But because of who my brother is, they want to make an example out of him. Why such a harsh punishment for him? Do they want to set a precedent? Till date no one has been granted such a punishment for similar incidents..."

Sohail's voice gets edgy. "My brother even went to jail for an accident case. An accident cannot be considered a crime."

There's an anguished silence. "I know he doesn't speak up in the press. But that's the way he is. He doesn't open up to anybody. Does that give anyone the right to hunt him down for offences that are not granted such severe sentences in other cases?

"Right now it's become like a power game. 'Let's hunt this boy down. Let's bring him down to his knees.' Please, let my brother be! He's suffered enough. And we are suffering with him."

He pauses to reflect. "What do they want? Do they really want Salman bhai to go to jail for five years? Will that make them happy? From what we see, it seems some people are working towards putting him in.

"If, god forbid, tomorrow he's locked away, they'll say it's a very harsh punishment because producers and films are suffering. But what about us, what about Salman bhai? Does anyone know what we are going through? I'd request some amount of restrain."

"When people say, treat Salman like any ordinary citizen, we say, please do because right now he is being treated much worse than any ordinary citizen. Why is he being made into an example?" he said.

"And if he's being made into an example, is everyone in a blackbuck case going to go to prison and is everyone involved in a road accident going to go to jail? It's fine... you have put Salman bhai behind bars. Send others too."

Sohail will remain in Jodhpur until further developments.

"I am here with my sister. I'm all right. Tomorrow is another day. Salman bhai will survive."

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 13:39 IST