Salim Khan hits back at Salman haters; supports son amidst protest

Salman Khan attends an event to announce him as the goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics 2016 in New Delhi, India. (AP)

India's sports stars reacted with dismay after Bollywood's Salman Khan was appointed goodwill ambassador for India's Olympic team in the Rio Games later this year.

Khan, who was cleared last year of killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run crash, was named by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to boost public support for the Indian contingent.

His appointment was criticised by sportsman and turned into a major debate on social media, the controversy refuses to die down.

Salman's father, Salim Khan, had earlier taken his son's side and lashed out against veteran sportsman, Milkha Singh, who had objected to Salman's selection.

One of his many tweets read, "The same industry which resurrected you from fading away in oblivion."

His tweets waged a war and soon a debate ensued over what he had written and an apology was being demanded. After drawing flak for his tweets, Salim again took to Twitter to lash out against his haters.

In a series of tweets, Salim Khan has defended his stand. He wrote, "WINDING UP. Salman has been in controversy for the last 25 years regularly. Not a single time i supported him. I was known as a fair person. Now first time i support him on my belief that what he is doing is right. Instead and alcohol or tobacco he is promoting sports."

Lastly, he mocked all those who have been demanding an apology saying, "And i am called unfair, arrogant and asked to apologise. "Oh lord forgive them for they know not what they do" - Jesus."

Senior Khan strikes back to all the Salman haters with a vengeance and looks like there's no apology coming.