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Bollywood welcomes Salman verdict..


Mumbai, July 26 -- Salman Khan trended on Twitter on Monday (July 25) morning, as several fans and industry well-wishers sent him congratulatory messages, after the Rajasthan High Court in Jodhpur acquitted Salman in the 1998 blackbuck and chinkara poaching cases.

Expressing relief and joy for Salman, film-maker Ram Gopal Varma wrote on Twitter: "Only celebrity cases make us realise how dead slow judiciary works .it's scary it took 20yrs for court to decide Salman khan is not guilty (sic)." Another tweet by film-maker Ashoke Pandit read: "Congratulations for being acquitted in the black Buck poaching case (sic)."

Salman, along with seven of his co-stars from the cast of Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), was accused of killing a blackbuck and a chinkara on two separate occasions. One was killed at Bhawad on September 26, 1998, and the other, at Ghoda Farms, on September 28, that same year.

Film-maker Subhash Ghai, who has directed Salman in Yuvvraaj (2008), said Salman is "heading for a better time", becoming a "better human being" by supporting social causes. "Acquittal of Salman Khan is a story of bad times, good times, and the stars of a star. I fully believe in our Indian judiciary, which keeps many doors open to knock for fair justice eventually," he said. Film-maker Rakesh Roshan, who worked with the actor in Karan Arjun (1995), also said, "This is good for him. Salman is a fine boy and a great actor..."

Actors close to Salman said it was a big day. Pulkit Samrat, who was mentored by Salman and was married to Salman's rakhi sister Shweta Rohira, said, "Justice cannot be poached, I am super happy for him". Sonu Sood, who worked with him in Dabangg (2010), was making plans to congratulate him in person. "I am happy for Salman. He was under stress about this. He is great guy and we share a close association. This is a big relief," he said.

Heaving a sigh of relief, Salman's family thanked the almighty and their well-wishers. "Thank You God for always showering us with your grace & blessings. Today is a big day for us @ BeingSalmanKhan," tweeted sister Arpita Khan Sharma.

Of course, there weren't only happy posts. Twitterati had a field day poking fun too. "Stupid #blackbuck had committed suicide (sic)," tweeted @MitrajitB, while @NigelBritto wrote, "The judiciary should propound a doctrine of anticipatory acquittal especially for Salman. It could save his and everyone else's time (sic)."