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Salim Khan says Salman targeted because of Star Status

  • Hiral Patel
  • August 4, 2015
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Noted veteran writer and father of Salman Khan, Salim Khan said that his son had been targeted as he was a celebrity and not because of his religion. Salman Khan got into a controversy by opposing the death penalty for 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon, his father, veteran writer Salim Khan, dismissing his son’s tweets as “childish and meaningless”, said he was being targeted for his celebrity status which gives accusers more publicity.

Salim Khan said in an interview,

These things have been said by many people. Salman was not the only one. Probably his way of putting it was little childish and meaningless. First person to condemn it was me. Lots of people like Naseeruddin Shah, Shatrughan Sinha, (Justice) Markandey Katju have said the same thing. You get more publicity when you attach Salman because he is a big star.

Salman Khan, who is out on bail after being sentenced to five years in jail in the 2002 hit-and-run case in May, tweeted on July 25th that Yakub Memon, who was hanged in Nagpur jail on Thursday, should not be punished for his brother Tiger Memon’s crime. The tweets created huge uproar with members of the ruling party demanding his bail be canceled and staging protests, which forced the authorities to deploy around 50 policemen outside his residence in Galaxy Apartment in Bandra in fear of possible violence.

Salman Khan however apologized the very next day for what all he said. He posted on Twitter that his father wanted him to retract his tweets “as they have the potential to create misunderstanding”. And he promptly deleted the earlier tweets.

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