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2002 hit-and-run: Victim’s family files appeal in SC against Salman acquittal

Challenges order, says Bombay HC has erred in not relying on evidence on record.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 11, 2016 12:48 am
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The wife and son of a man, who was killed in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving Salman Khan, moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday, challenging the acquittal of the actor by the Bombay High Court (HC) . Their appeal against the HC verdict is likely to come up for hearing on February 19 along with the petition filed by the Maharashtra government against Salman’s exoneration.

On September 28, 2002, Shaikh Noorulla Shafik was killed when the actor’s Land Cruiser crashed into a pavement outside a bakery in Mumbai’s Bandra area where several people, including Shafik, were sleeping. In December, the HC had acquitted the 50-year-old actor, saying there was not enough evidence that he was drunk that night and was driving the car.

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Challenging the order, Shafik’s wife and son contended that the High Court has erred in not relying on the evidence on record, which they said, conclusively proved that Salman was drunk and was behind the wheels of the vehicle.

They also demanded compensation as victims of crime, saying they have been compelled to live in penury after Shafik’s death.

In her petition, Shafik’s wife said that she works as a domestic help and her son does menial jobs at construction sites.

On February 5, the Supreme court after hearing the state’s arguments for around 40 minutes, had said that it is still “making up its mind” on reopening the case and issue notice to the actor.

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    perfect writing
    Feb 10, 2016 at 6:10 pm
    Clearly the puppeteer moving this puppet is somebody else. Till yesterday, this fellow was indifferent. Today he has suddenly challenged the verdict. And some haters as usual have suddenly become epitomes of morality and conscience keepers of society. Why everybody is displaying so much hypocrisy in this case?
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      Anonymous
      Feb 10, 2016 at 9:28 pm
      may god dojustice to thepoor ..that hypocrite salman can promote nonsense dumb fake things ...but cant donateaney to that poor lady or educate her son so that family survives....may the poor family of this hit run case win in HC...salman is a flirt he is responsible for his actions and cannotblame anyone as he is njoying new girls good time always...I would hv pitied if he wld hv sent some money on that workers child education
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        Rajesh
        Feb 10, 2016 at 5:57 pm
        Fact of the matter is a man died. The driver of the car is a murderer. If they prove Salman wasnt driving then they need to convict the person who was. What is clear is that Salman is either a murderer or personally knows the murderer but it lying about it.
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          Rajesh
          Feb 10, 2016 at 5:58 pm
          This is precisely why I say the Bollywood audience are morons. They worship a murderer and take pride in him evading the law.
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            Bijan Mohanty
            Feb 10, 2016 at 2:31 pm
            In India, there is no fear for law because in the first place, the lawmakers are the law breakers. Look to Arunachal Crisis and Delhi Govt. crisis where PM and his team are allegedly breaking the spirit of consution instead of upholding them.
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