Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai on Sunday condemned Bollywood star Salman Khan's defense of death-row convict Yakub Memon, saying such remarks encourage terrorism.
“We have full confidence in the judiciary of our country. To comment on the verdict of the honourable Supreme Court, which has made the judgement based on facts, is ‘contempt of court’. Asking for plea for such a person prosecuted by the court is encouraging terrorism and rubbing salt on the wounds of the victims’ family members,” said Bajpai.
“Salman Khan is loved and respected by all the Indian people. Therefore, he should not try to hurt their sentiments,” he added.
In a controversial tweet, the Dabangg Khan has said that Yakub Memon should not be hanged as the real culprit is the latter’s brother Tiger Memon.
“Hang Tiger. Brother is being hanged for Tiger. Arre where is Tiger? Get Tiger hang him. Parade him not his brother,” he said in a tweet.
Yakub Memon has been sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
The Supreme Court had earlier this week rejected his last-minute appeal and upheld his hanging for July 30.