State to challenge Salman’s acquittal in Supreme Court
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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