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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

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