We're almost surprised this didn't come up earlier.
Naresh Sharma, a senior leader with the Samajwadi Party, expressed his feelings about the Salman Khan verdict on Thursday. "We are very sad. He (Salman) is a very big star. He has crores of fans across the country. But if the Maharashtra government has convicted him just because he belongs to the minority community, then it is an unfair decision," he was quoted as saying, according to a Zee News report.
The same report mentions that Sharma later said that he was quoted out of context.
Times Now also covered the story.
People on Twitter didn't take the bait, though.
We were just waiting 4 this one LOL!May 7, 2015
put Naresh A. into jail instead of Salman ! bastard @ZeeNews Salman Khan punished as he belongs to minority community: Naresh Agarwal— Aniket (@_Aniket) May 7, 2015
@TimesNow naresh Agarwal,no hope that politicians like him will ever raise themselves from their petty politics ever— jayakrishna (@krishnabhatJK) May 7, 2015