The Mumbai court on Wednesday sentenced Shiney Ahuja after he was found guilty of raping his maid in 2009. The actor broke down when judge P.M. Chauhan of the Sewri fast track sessions court delivered the judgement. The verdict came despite the maid turning hostile during the trial.
“Seven years? Seven years is a lot! I have been locked up myself, so I know what happens,” said shocked Salman, who himself has had brief stints in jail.
“I hope he (Shiney) is innocent, and if anyone is trying to frame him, that person should come out in the open. Seven-year jail term is too long, especially if someone has lied about it,” added Salman.
Arsahd Warsi feels the judiciary should not target actors “blatantly”.
“Murderers, terrorist n corrupt politicians r walking free n Shiney Ahuja gets 7yrs…,” Arshad posted on his Twitter account.
“I am NOT saying he’s right but don’t forget that Kassab (sic) is still enjoying our hospitality. Do you know the no. of rapes that happen in our country on a daily basis by influential and connected ppl… Those cases r not even registered.
“My point is all criminals should be punished equally, it’s not fair to make an example of an actor only because it makes news,” added Arshad.
Producer-director Farhan Akhtar wishes that Shiney has the strength to face the court verdict.
“He has pleaded against the decision. If he can prove it wrong, he will come out. At the end of the day, we have a legal system in the country,” Farhan told reporters at a promotional event of his film “Game” at Novotel Hotel here Thursday.
“If you do something wrong, you have to go through punishment. I wish him all the strength. Hopefully, it would be proved that he is innocent,” he added.