Salman Khan has often found himself in the centre of many a controversy. ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ actor was acquitted by the Jodhpur Court in the 1998 Arms Act case today, in which he was accused of possessing arms with expired license. There are three appeals pending in Supreme Court, two against a Rajasthan high court order exonerating him in a poaching case and one against the Bombay HC’s acquittal in the 2002 case of culpable homicide for a road accident. Besides, a case of poaching black buck in 1998 is still pending trial.
Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam are the co-accused in the case.They are charged under Wildlife Protection Act and Indian Penal Code along with Salman Khan for allegedly hunting blackbucks during the shoot of a film, . The actors have denied charges, the trial is still on.
We take a look at the controversies that he has found himself embroiled in…
Salman Khan’s run-in with the law
Salman Khan ran into trouble with the law in 1998 when the actor was booked in four cases regarding poaching of blackbuck and chinkara. The actor was shooting for ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ when the star cast, including Sonali Bendre and Saif Ali Khan, took a break from the shooting near Jodhpur to allegedly go hunting. Salman was accused of poaching of two endangered black bucks in village Kankani in Jodhpur on 1-2 October, 1998.
Besides this, two separate cases were registered against him under the Wildlife Protection Act for allegedly poaching three chinkaras in separate incidents on September 26 and September 28, 1998. In the three poaching cases registered against him, the ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ star even served time twice in the Jodhpur Jail – in April 2006 and in August 2007. He was also charged under the Arms Act for possessing illegal arms. However, Salman was acquitted of all charges in the Arms Act case against him in the alleged poaching of two black bucks by the Jodhpur Court on January 18, 2017.
Salman Khan’s turbulent love life with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai’s alleged relationship was quite turbulent. According to reports, the actor had kept banging the door of Aishwarya’s house one night in November 2001. The drama reportedly continued till 3 am, until the actress relented and let him in. Salman was also accused of creating a ruckus when his relationship with Aishwarya went sour.
Salman Khan’s 2002 hit-and-run case
Salman Khan’s face-off with Vivek Oberoi
Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi came at loggerheads at a time when the latter was allegedly dating Aishwarya Rai. Vivek called for a special press conference on March 31, 2003 and claimed that the ‘Sultan’ actor had threatened him over a series of texts.
Salman Khan’s infamous brawl with Shah Rukh Khan
Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan got into an ugly fight at Katrina Kaif’s birthday bash in 2008. SRK reportedly made some remarks that did not go down well with Salman. A war of words followed, post which, Bollywood’s biggest Khans stopped talking to each other. There was a brief patch-up at Baba Siddiqui’s Iftar party in 2013. The cold war of sorts thawed since and today it seems like a thing of the past. Shah Rukh will be seen making a special appearance in Salman’s 2017 release ‘Tubelight’.
Salman irked the nation when he put forth his comments on the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai. In an interview to a Pakistani channel, he mentioned that the attacks were highlighted because they were targeted towards Mumbai’s rich and elite and because they took place at a prominent 5-star hotel in the city. He further added that such attacks have happened before but did not garner the same attention. Khan’s comments did not go down too well with the political parties, including Shiv Sena and the actor later apologized for his statements.
Salman Khan’s tweet regarding Yakub Menon
Salman Khan was heavily criticised when he tweeted in support of Yakub Menon in July 2015, when the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict was to be hanged. Salman had tweeted that instead of Yakub, his brother Tiger Menon should be executed. This remark resulted in a huge outrage against the actor and his father Salim Khan had to intervene in the matter. The actor offered an apology for the same and even deleted the tweet in question.
Salman Khan insensitive remark during ‘Sultan’ promotions
Salman Khan found himself in the eye of the storm when he made an insensitive remark during the promotions of his 2016 release ‘Sultan’. When asked to describe his rigorous shooting schedule, the actor reportedly said that when he would walk out of the ring, he “felt like a raped woman”. This sparked off a huge debate with women rights activists and the public alike condemning him for such an insensitive comparison.