HC AC­QUIT­TAL OF SAL­MAN KHAN IS A TRAV­ESTY OF JUS­TICE, SC TOLD

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

At­tor­ney gen­eral (AG) Mukul Ro­hatgi on Fri­day termed the Bom­bay High Court ver­dict ac­quit­ting Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Sal­man Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case a trav­esty of jus­tice and crit­i­cised the star for al­legedly run­ning away from the spot af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Ar­gu­ing the Maharashtra govern­ment’s ap­peal against the ac­quit­tal, Ro­hatgi in­sisted be­fore the Supreme Court that the high court erred in dis­card­ing the ev­i­dence of those in­jured af­ter the ac­tor al­legedly ran them over in a drunken state. The ac­tor’s Toy­ota Land Cruiser had crashed into five men sleep­ing out­side a bak­ery in Ban­dra, killing one of them.

Press­ing for a hear­ing of his ap­peal be­fore a bench headed by jus­tice JS Khe­har, Ro­hatgi tried to make a case for the court to is­sue a no­tice to the ac­tor. He said Khan’s de­fence that his driver was at the wheel dur­ing the ac­ci­dent was fee­ble and false. The driver, an em­ployee of Khan’s fam­ily for 20 years, mys­te­ri­ously sur­faced 13 years af­ter the in­ci­dent when the trial reached the stage of de­fence ev­i­dence, Ro­hatgi said.

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