STATE MOVES SC AGAINST SALMAN KHAN ACQUITTAL IN HIT-AND-RUN
NEW DELHI: The Maharashtra government filed its appeal in the Supreme Court on Friday challenging the Bombay high court verdict acquitting actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case.
The high court judgment had come in December on an appeal by the actor, seven months after he was pronounced guilty by a trial court for running over five people sleeping on a pavement in Bandra with his Toyota Land Cruiser, killing one and injuring the others on October 28, 2002.
The state, in its special leave petition in the SC, said the high court had erred in arriving at a conclusion that the probe was conducted in a “careless and faulty manner”. The appeal, filed by state counsel Nishant R Katneshwarkar, criticised the HC ruling on the grounds that it ignored the actor’s conduct as he did not make any attempt to report the accident to the police after it happened. According to the state, the HC had ignored the crucial statement of an injured witness, who had testified that Khan was driving the car. It also insisted the HC should have taken into account the evidence of the actor’s police bodyguard, Ravindra Patil, who died in 2007.
Salman Khan: 2002 accident