Salman Khan hit-and-run case verdict: Probe was conducted in a faulty manner, says Bombay HC

The prosecution failed to establish its case against Salman Khan on all charges, said the high court.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 10, 2015 4:37:25 pm
salman khan, salman khan verdict, 2002 hit and run case Salman Khan hit-and-run case verdict: The court said the prosecution failed to establish its case. (Source: PTI)

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.

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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

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