2002 hit-and-run case: Maharashtra challenges Salman Khan’s acquittal in SC

The petition was filed in the apex court against the high court's judgement acquitting Salman of "all charges", overturning trial court's order sentencing him for five years.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: January 23, 2016 12:51 am
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The Maharashtra government Friday challenged in the Supreme Court the acquittal of actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case, which left one person dead.

“…The (Bombay) High Court has not concluded as to who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident,” stated the state government’s appeal, adding that the evidence of all injured witnesses was important and had “more probative value being victims of the incident.”

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Filed through Maharashtra’s chief standing counsel Nishant R Katneshwarkar, the petition also refuted the HC finding that the probe was conducted to weaken the prosecution’s case.

Instead, “the HC has not appreciated the evidence on record in its proper perspective,” said the state police. They claimed a “hypothesis” was recorded while acquitting Salman of charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, grievous hurt, drunken driving etc.

Asking the apex court to set aside the acquittal order, it disputed the High Court’s observation that the investigation was conducted in a careless and faulty manner, claiming that there were many witnesses who corroborated the charges against Salman adequately.

The appeal said evidence of complainant Ravindra Patil, who was with Salman in the Toyota Land Cruiser, was legally tenable and its rejection was wrong. Patil was the actor’s bodyguard who had said Salman was driving drunk and had ignored his warnings. Patil died of tuberculosis in 2007 and when the High Court examined his testimonies, it held the evidence was not admissible under law.

Further, the petition said the prosecution could not have been indicted for non-examination of Kamaal Khan in the trial court, who was also in the SUV on September 28, 2002. It said the HC had also ignored the “conduct” of Salman as he did not make any attempt to report the incident to police or help the victims.

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    Negotiator
    Jan 22, 2016 at 6:49 pm
    FADNAVIS demanded 1000crores from Salman. Since the acquittal last, tough negotiations were going. It broke down two days back. Based on that the FKnavis govt decided to appeal against the verdict!!!! That is from one of those who was deeply involved in the negotiations.
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      ams
      Jan 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm
      LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.. 1000 crores?????? Looks like you have all the inside news. Tell me more.
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        Rajesh
        Jan 23, 2016 at 9:30 am
        Amazing. Until now, beggars said Salman is a BJP guy and close to Modi so he was acuqitted. Now the BJP govt is pressing further charges, and the same beggars are saying it is intolerance because he is a Muslim. Lol. These "secular" s are such shameless liars.
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          Brij Lal
          Jan 22, 2016 at 7:40 pm
          Trust your judiciary. Do not waste public money on unproductive means. Pay attention to development.
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            Kaliyug
            Jan 22, 2016 at 10:01 pm
            What happened in 2002 will be retried again in 2016 shows that there a lot of politicians and policemen who were milking Salman's wealth, now hey see a void in their income. It is better to compensate the victims and their families, rather than dragging Salman back to the courts.
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              mutyasomayajulu
              Jan 23, 2016 at 3:16 pm
              Let the Supreme Court decide the matter.
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                Indian
                Jan 22, 2016 at 7:44 pm
                ha ha ha.....as much as salman tries to prove he's a hindu-muslim., the RSS govt refuses to believe him. they are still sitting on srikrishna report for 20 years...
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                  P Balu
                  Jan 23, 2016 at 9:23 am
                  Intolerance even against the Supreme Court Verdict. Chaddis are proving themselves as the most intolerant in the World
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                    Raghu
                    Jan 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm
                    B.u.ll s.h.itt. just s.utt up
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                      Raghu
                      Jan 22, 2016 at 8:54 pm
                      Good move otherwise what is this joke? Who was driving the car then, is it a driverless car?! This thug is really too much, had enough of f.u.c.k.i.ng all the beauties he had come across (offcorse, some bi.c.h.es willfully n rest by force)
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                        Rajesh Sehgal
                        Feb 18, 2016 at 1:56 am
                        Kudos to Maharashtra Government ! Justice Must Prevail !! Salman Khan has made a Mockery of the Law in the last 14 years ! Rich , Famous and Powerful consider themselves above law and his acquittal judgment despite smoking gun evidences was shattering and demoralizing for the victims, family of Honest Ravinder Patil and every law abiding citizen of country. Law MUST punish him for his wrong deeds during and after the incident.
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                          raj
                          Jan 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm
                          Its really shocking that The HC even did not try to find that who was driving the car when accident was take place... if Salman was not driving then someone else is guilty,i think court should give orders to the agencies to find out the truth and punish the culprit...
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                            Vijay Sharotri
                            Jan 23, 2016 at 6:30 am
                            Hope SC brings this case to logical conclusion ----- Salman is Gulty !
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