Islamabad, April 6: Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said that he is upset with the decision of the Jodhpur court to sentence Bollywood actor Salman Khan to five years in 1998 blackbuck poaching case.
The former cricketer said that he was really sad to see Salman Khan in jail. He, however, said that law must take its own course, but the punishment was too harsh.
“Really sad to see my friend Salman Khan sentenced to five years, but the law must take its course and we got to respect the decision of the honourable court of India. But I still think the punishment is too harsh, but my heart goes to his family and fans. I am sure he will be out soon,” Akhtar tweeted.
Salman Khan was on Thursday sentenced to five years by Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri for killing two blackbucks, a species protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.
Salman Khan spent a night in Jodhpur jail, where he has been kept in a barrack shared by disgraced godman Asaram. The actor reportedly didn’t eat the dinner and was chain-smoking.
The actor’s bail plea was deferred till Saturday, which means he will spend at least one more night in the jail.
On Thursday, Salman Khan arrived in Jodhpur court wearing his lucky black shirt, along with his two sisters– Arpita and Alvira–who cried after the judgement. He was immediately arrested and taken to Jodhpur jail, where he had spent 18 days in three stints of incarceration.
While sentencing Salman, the court acquitted four other accused– Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam Kothari and Sonali Bendre–for lack of evidence.
If the court denies bail to Salman Khan on Saturday, he will have to approach Rajasthan high court, which means more days in jail for the actor.
Salman Khan is a force to reckon with in Bollywood as he has emerged in the last decade as a guarantee of good business. In the past few years, except ‘Jai Ho’ and ‘Tubelight’, most of his films have been blockbusters.