Acquitting actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case, the Bombay High Court said the prosecution failed to establish its case against Salman Khan on all charges. On September 28, 2002, Salman’s car had rammed into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra. One person was killed and four others were injured in the mishap.
Here is what the Bombay High Court said while passing the Salman Khan verdict:
# The trial court’s verdict is quashed and set aside. Salman is acquitted of all charges.
# The prosecution failed to establish its case against the appellant accused (Salman) on all charges.
# The burden is on the prosecution to establish the guilt of the accused and this needs to be done beyond reasonable doubt.
# There are various shortcomings by the prosecution like not recording evidence of necessary and important witnesses and omissions and contradictions in the evidence of injured witnesses, which definitely create a doubt about the involvement of Salman for offences for which he has been charged. On the basis of such evidence, Salman cannot be convicted.
# The investigation was conducted in a faulty manner with many loose ends and as such benefit of this had to be given in favour of the accused.
# On the main aspects as to driving and drunkenness, the prosecution has not brought any material evidence which spells out the offence of the accused.
# The trial court erred in accepting bills (of Rain Bar and Restaurant where Salman had gone before the mishap) without a panchnama.
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With PTI inputs