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Salman Khan was finally acquitted of serious charges of running over five people, killing one and seriously injuring four while ‘allegedly’ driving his Land Cruiser on the fateful night of September 28, 2002. The Bombay High Court said that the prosecution had failed to establish “beyond doubt” that the actor was driving the car and was drunk at the time of the accident.

While giving this judgment, the court disregarded and discredited the testimony of Ravindra Patil – Khan’s bodyguard and a key prosecution witness – who had said that the Bollywood superstar was driving in an inebriated condition and had ignored his repeated warnings.

According to the judge, Patil was “partly reliable” and could not be considered a “wholly reliable witness” and that the sessions court committed a mistake by relying on his statement.

“On the basis of evidence produced by the prosecution, (Salman Khan) cannot be convicted, no matter how differently the common man thinks,” the judge said.

Verily, may I ask, my Lords, have common man’s views ever mattered to you? The truth is Indian law is not blind; it is the slave to the rich and powerful, meant to be broken by them with impunity; only the common man is supposed to follow the law and be punished for breaking it.

Alas, the vices of the poor people wearing old and torn clothes come to the fore easily while the same from big people like judges get hidden behind the robes and furred gowns they wear. Shakespeare writes in King Lear that the bitter truth is a sinner occupying a high status in life goes entirely unpunished while a sinner who belongs to a low and humble life cannot escape punishment. Sigh!

Ironically, this judgment comes when the world is observing the Human Rights Day.

Ponder over this – five wretched, destitute people sleeping over the footpath were crushed under Khan’s car and the first thing the actor did was to run away to home; a homeless human being, Nurullah Mahboob Shaikh, died on the spot that night. What about his human rights? Khan who runs a charitable trust ‘Being Human’ failed the test of humanity then.

But do we even consider people sleeping over footpath as human beings? One can only protect the human rights of those who are fortunate enough to have them in the first place. Justice and human rights go hand in hand and the former should be the basis on which the latter should be assessed. If a poor man’s family cannot avail justice in India even after running from pillar to the post for years, it only means the majority of the country’s population that lives below the poverty line is being deprived of the basic privilege i.e. the Right to Life.

It’s always the common man’s fault. When a young girl died after her car was hit by Hema Malini’s Mercedes, the latter blamed her father for “not following traffic rules.”

When Salman was convicted in the hit-and-run case, yesteryear’s actor Sanjay Khan’s daughter Farah Khan blamed Nurullah for sleeping over the footpath, calling upon the government to ensure housing for such people.

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Today, the actor’s delirious fans are celebrating on the streets by dancing and bursting crackers, not realizing that a man – who had eyes, hands, five senses, passions and emotions – died allegedly because of their God-like ‘bhai’.

In fact, the common man has become accustomed to being subjected to such injustices. The truth is – and this is not in regard to this particular case – no institution in India is allegedly more corrupt than the judiciary.

From petty cases to high-profile ones, it is widely believed that judges give favorable judgments in lieu of a huge (or small) amount of money. I was once told by an acquaintance how a relative of his was acquitted of a criminal offence by paying a bribe to the judge. I cannot ascertain the veracity of his claims, but the common man’s experiences are not hidden from anyone.

According to  justice Markandey Katju (retd), 50% of the higher judiciary consisting of SC and high court judges is corrupt.

“My assessment is that 50% of the higher judiciary has become corrupt,” Katju said in September this year. He also claimed that no action was taken after he handed over a dossier on Chief Justice of India HL Dattu’s alleged properties to then law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and others.

“I was targeted by former chief justice RM Lodha for my views. Let it all be investigated. SC judges are annoyed. But I am not bothered…,” Katju claimed.

Until and unless efforts are made to cleanse the judiciary that is supposed deliver justice to one and all, we would not be able to find lasting solutions to India’s social issues.

Justice should not only be done but must also be seen to be done.

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10 lesser known facts about Kriti Sanon’s life

Kriti Sanon is not just a pretty face. She is very intelligent and has completed her B.Tech from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in Uttar Pradesh.

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Kriti Sanon is a relatively new actress who has proved her mettle in just a span of few movies. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti Sanon is a relatively new actress who has proved her mettle in just a span of few movies. Wikimedia Commons
  • Kriti Sanon is a well-known name in Bollywood. She is one of the most talented and beautiful new generation Bollywood actresses.
  • Kriti has worked in many famous movies like Heropanti, Bareilly ki Barfi and Dilwale.
  • This 5”8′ inches tall actress has been winning hearts and awards since her debut in the film industry.

The ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ fame actress, Kriti Sanon is an actress and model, born and brought up in Delhi. She is among one of the most beautiful new generation actresses and has proved her mettle in the film industry in a very short span of time.

Kriti Sanon has made a name for herself in Bollywood in a really short span of time. Instagram.
Kriti Sanon has made a name for herself in Bollywood in a really short span of time. Instagram

Not only is she gorgeous, but she is also very talented. Her acting skills have been appreciated by both audiences and critics. This Delhi girl has been winning hearts since her Bollywood debut in, ‘Heropanti.’ Here are 10 facts about Kriti Sanon’s life which you may now know:

Her first movie wasn’t Heropanti.

Most of us think that Kriti Sanon’s first movie was Heropanti, but this is certainly not true. Before debuting in Bollywood, Sanon had already made a name for herself in the Telugu film industry. She worked in the Telugu thriller name ‘Nenok Kadine,‘ opposite the superstar Mahesh Babu. Her performance was well received by the audience there.

Kriti Sanon debut in the film industry was a Telugu movie opposite Mahesh Babu. IANS
Kriti Sanon debut in the film industry was a Telugu movie opposite Mahesh Babu. IANS

She is a beauty with brains.

Kriti Sanon is not just a pretty face. She is very intelligent and has completed her B.Tech in Electronics and Communication from well known Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in Uttar Pradesh. So yes, if she wouldn’t have been an actress, she would’ve had a lucrative career as an engineer.

She came from a highly educated family.

Intelligence seems to be in her genes. Her father is a Chartered Accountant and her mother teaches at the University of Delhi. She is the elder daughter and has a younger sister, Nupur who is inclined towards music.

Kriti comes from a highly educated family. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti comes from a highly educated family. Wikimedia Commons

Kriti has a sweet tooth.

Kriti Sanon has a stunning figure, which obviously needs lots of maintaining. However, that doesn’t stop the ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ actress from indulging in deserts. She loves to have everything sweet whether it is chocolates or ‘Gajar Ha Halwa’, she loves them all equally.

She is a Salman Khan fan.

But well then, who isn’t? Kriti Sanon is a huge Salman Khan fan and has claimed to have watched all his movies multiple times.

Salman Khan is Kriti Sonan's favourite actor. Wikimedia Commons
Salman Khan is Kriti Sonan’s favourite actor. Wikimedia Commons

Acting is not her only interest.

Kriti is a true performer. Apart from acting, she loves to dance in her free time. She is a trained Kathak dancer. She also loves to travel and Goa is her favourite holiday destination. Apart from that, she loves to cook. This intellectual beauty is also a huge fan of reading and writing poetry.

Kriti Sanon loves to read and write poetry. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti Sanon loves to read and write poetry. Wikimedia Commons

Her idols are ideal.

Kriti Sanon’s favourite actresses are Kajol and legendary Rekha. She counts them among her idols. Kriti had a chance of working with Kajol in the movie ‘Dilwale,’ which definitely would’ve been a dream come true for her.

She loves perfumes.

Kriti loves perfumes and has admitted of her wardrobe is full of them. Her favourite perfume brand is said to be Davidoff’s Coolwater.

She is not a girly girl.

She may look beautifully fragile, but this actress is tougher than you think. She is a big fan of boxing and loves practising it, it is her favourite sport. She also loves to ride cars and bikes, whenever she gets free time.

Kriti is more of a tomboy and loves boxing. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti is more of a tomboy and loves boxing. Wikimedia Commons

Her favourite season is Monsoon.

Kriti Sanon loves the season of monsoon. One of her favourite things to do is to sit near her window comfortably and enjoy the rain outside. Now, that’s something we all love to do.