Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has told the Supreme Court that he has always been treated as an ordinary citizen by courts and never given any special privilege, as he sought to justify a Rajasthan high court order suspending his conviction in the blackbuck hunting case.
The Dabangg star also submitted that he has been one of the highest tax payers and the high court stayed his conviction to enable him to go abroad for his professional engagement which brings in foreign exchange in the country. The actor opposed the stand taken by the Rajasthan government which had submitted that the high court had granted special privileges to him by staying his conviction in which he was sentenced by a trial court to undergo five-year jail term.
On July 9, the top court issued notice to Khan on a plea by Rajasthan government challenging the high court decision.
The state government had approached the top court against the Rajasthan high court order of November 12 last year, staying his 2006 conviction in the case and paving way for him to apply for a British visa. — PTI
“It is denied that the high court failed to apply the principle that everyone is equal before law and granted me special privilege because I am a celebrity. The courts have at all times treated me as any other ordinary citizen and I have always complied with the conditions imposed upon me,” the Kick lead star said in an affidavit to the top court.
Seeking dismissal of the state government’s plea, the star submitted that he is also a philanthropist and promotes Indian films and his professional engagement generates employment for the industry.
“The nature of my professional engagements is such that I frequently travel to various countries, where I am required to discharge my professional duties towards films, promotion of films, brand endorsements, promoting charitable causes,” he said.