I accept the decision of the judiciary with humility. I thank my family, friends & fans for their support & prayers .— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) December 10, 2015
On Twitter, several of his friends rushed to post updates about how thrilled they were. However, Bollywood's biggest guns have so far been silent, unlike the concerted closing of ranks in May when the actor was convicted by a Sessions Court.
Colleagues tweeting included Mr Khan's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo co-star Anupam Kher, Kyon Ki co-star and Bigg Boss contestant Rimi Sen, director Subhash Ghai, who co-produced the remake of his film Hero with Mr Khan this year, Milap Zaveri, writer of Salman Khan's 2005 film Lucky: No Time For Love. Singer Mika Singh and Censor Board member Ashoke Pandit.
So happy that @BeingSalmanKhan is acquitted of all charges. Truth Prevails. Even if it takes 13 long years.:)— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) December 10, 2015
God is always kind to good human beings, @BeingSalmanKhan with gods blessings is freed today from a hanging sword for thirteen years.cheers— Subhash Ghai (@SubhashGhai1) December 10, 2015
Congrats @BeingSalmanKhan on being acquitted! Justice prevails!— Milap Zaveri (@zmilap) December 10, 2015
BJP member Shaina NC, who caused much comment in May with a tweet criticizing the court's conviction of Salman Khan, also tweeted after the High Court's verdict:
Individual culpability dpnds on evidence nt public perception or media trial or presumption of guilt.Judicial mind judges @BeingSalmanKhan— ShainaNC (@ShainaNC) December 10, 2015
In May, a Sessions Court found Salman Khan guilty of drunkenly driving over pavement dwellers in September 2002, killing one. He was sentenced to five years in jail, a sentence that was later suspended by the Bombay High Court pending an appeal. On December 10, the High Court decided Mr Khan could not be convicted on the basis of the evidence produced by the prosecution. As the judge read out the order, Mr Khan broke down in court, surrounded by his family. (Also Read: Salman Khan Acquitted By Bombay High Court In 2002 Hit-And-Run Case)
Salman Khan was seen in two blockbuster films this year - Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.