State to chal­lenge Sal­man’s ac­quit­tal in Supreme Court

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MUM­BAI: The state gov­ern­ment will chal­lenge the ac­quit­tal of ac­tor Sal­man Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case in the Supreme Court (SC).

Gov­ern­ment pleader Ab­hi­nan­dan V agya ni on Wed­nes­day told the di­vi­sion bench of jus­tice Ab­hay Oka and jus­tice Gau­tam Pa­tel that the law and ju­di­ciary depart­ment had given its nod to file a spe­cial leave pe­ti­tion (SLP) in the SC. The pe­ti­tion, seek­ing spe­cial leave of the Apex Court to file an ap­peal, will chal­lenge a sin­gle­judge or­der of De­cem­ber 10 that ac­quit­ted the 49-year-old ac­tor of all charges lev­elled against him in con­nec­tion with the case.

Vagyani said the pe­ti­tion will be filed in the first week of Jan­uary. Vagyani was re­spond­ing to a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion filed by jour­nal­ist Nikhil Wa­gle, rais­ing con­cerns over the rise in in­ci­dents of drink driv- ing and lack of strin­gent pe­nal pro­vi­sions to tackle ac­ci­dents caused by those driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

On Septem­ber 28, 2002, Khan’s Toy­ota Land Cruiser crashed into a bak­ery in Ban­dra, killing one and in­jur­ing four oth­ers who were sleep­ing on a pave­ment.

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