Originally posted by .Verity.
Originally posted by _Angie_
What took 13 years was undone in two days. Not many could have afforded the defense lawyer, Harish Salve's fees of Rs 30 lakh a day . Ravindra Patil the constable, assigned as Salman's bodyguard in 2002 when the actor had complained of getting underworld threats had been the prime witness and under a lot of pressure to withdraw his statement . He had stated that it was a drunk Salman who had been driving the SUV that killed one and injured several others that night. . Patil was later arrested and locked in Arthur Road jail for not appearing in court. He also lost his job and died a beggar . Wont be surprised if the lawyers somehow "prove" that Salman hadnt been driving at all! Is that what the actor's much touted "being Human" was all about?
I am equally skeptical, I think this reformation and all the being human, good deeds and charity, is perhaps a calculated cause of action to help him in this case, he knew it would come this day, so he cleaned up his act and worked hard to go out of his way to help others so they could all testify to his good character. So the witness ex constable Ravindra Patil was probably bribed not to appear in court and was imprisoned for not testifying to collaborate his earlier statement, the bribe also didn't last as he died a beggar, why he didn't go back to Salman for more money?
Its a shame that after 13 years of work, its all unravelled in 2 days for the justice sy estem. I feel the courts also were helping him the lower court taking so long to give him time to clean up his act and do his charity, we can't put it down to the fact they have too many cases, it seems like they wanted to help him clean up his act and reform without going to prison again.
Its a fact that there is a huge backlog of cases in the courts. What is lamentable is that the courts continue their practice of regular summer and winter vacations. As things stand it would be more appropriate to allow only 50% of the staff to go on vacation and that too in turns so that the proceedings dont get totally paralysed during these periods.
But saying all these things I still feel when you kill someone by accident drunk or not that person's life you've taken has to have some value, and I keep asking this to everyone on here but no-one has tried to answer it, but I will say it again, I feel if the homeless guy had no-one to turn to, no friends or family to keep him during his bad times for him to turn his life around, no job, he had no dependents to provide for, what value did he have to society?
The law is supposed to work on the principle of equality. The punishment is meant to be in accordance with the crime committed. I am sure the actor did not deliberately choose to run over the victim whose value to society is being questioned. It could have been anyone who happened to be at that place at that time of the accident. While one can allege contributory negligence on part of the victims who slept on the pavements as that was no place to sleep they conveniently ignore that the victims may have had little choice whereas the actor had had the choice of consuming alcohol or not, driving the car in that state or not, opting to offer help to the victims after the accident or not. He made his choice.
So did the constable Ravindra Patil who despite immense pressure and at the cost of his own well being refused to withdraw or alter his statements. A news item about R Patil should throw more light on his fate- http://www.tehelka.com/how-salman-khan-ruined-101-bodyguard-ravindra-patil/
There were others who showed exemplary commitment to their duty like Sub Inspector Dinesh M Patkar and his team of Bandra Police Station in Mumbai. The case would have collapsed much earlier if his team hadnt diligently traced the crucial missing documents (56 of the 63). If we had more of such people in our country the state of justice would be very different from what it is .
As for value, whom do we value more? Each of these made his own choice in life. None of these men are making huge bucks like the actor or his lawyer nor are they seen as real life heroes whereas the actor is a celebrity, a reel-hero with a huge fan following. Just goes to show the hollowness of the entire value system. . If reel life heroes tower over the real life it is because of what the majority values. So in a way everything is fair and square as the society gets what it aspires for. A drunk remorseless celebrity actor and his paid coterie of lawyers with their network win over the poor victims as well as a handful of honest , diligent , people who still have faith in the law and in doing their duty. Not surprisingly, the later could be an endangered species though.
The law says Salman should be prosecuted but if we think of the victim what was he to society? What was his contribution presently or his future prospects?
For all we know the victims only contribution could be as a test for our judiciary system. Time will reveal whether it fails or sails.. In monetary terms the actor will be valued more as a number of producers have put in their money on his movies which is expected to provide entertainment to his numerous fans. Its a circus alright!
All the same I would say that the actor hasnt been known to be a serial offender and all said and done it was an accident. I am all for an opportunity for reform but that ought to be extended to everyone and not just to a select few. The thirty thousand rupees bond is peanuts and instead it would have been better to make him pay for rehabilitating the survivors. It makes more practical sense to settle some cases out of the court. Only the lawyers seem to be benefitting out of these cases.