Despite being chided by the Bharatiya Janata Party for making comments derisive of Muslims, Sadhvi Prachi, one of the party leaders in Uttar Pradesh, said on Friday that Salman Khan got bail in 2002 hit-and-run case because he is a Muslim.
“Had Salman Khan not been a Muslim, justice would have been granted to poor victims,” said Sadhvi Prachi, who had been asked by the BJP in the past to show some restraint in making controversial statements.
Notably, the Bombay High Court on Friday suspended Salman’s sentence and granted him bail, in a huge relief to one of the reigning superstars of Bollywood.
Salman Khan will not have to go to jail pending disposal of his appeal against conviction in the 2002 hit-and-run case.
A trial court had on Wednesday awarded five-year jail sentence to Salman Khan.
A man was killed and four others were wounded when Khan’s Toyota Land Cruiser ran over them while they were asleep on a pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002.
Sadhvi Prachi had created a furore earlier this year when at a VHP event in Badayun she said that she had done no wrong by asking Hindu women to mother four children as she was not asking them to “give birth to 30-40 pups like others”.
Prachi had also dared state Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan to embrace Hinduism.
She had also announced rewards for all Hindu women who give birth to more than four children.