Actor Salman Khan has reportedly moved the Supreme Court on Thursday in regard to the Maharashtra government’s appeal against the Bombay High Court’s verdict in the 2002 hit-and-run case. Salman was acquitted of all charges in the case by the high court. However, the Maharashtra government later challenged the verdict in Supreme Court in a Special Leave Petition (SLP).
Salman has moved the apext court and demanded that it hear the actor before passing any order regarding the Maharashtra government’s appeal, reports Times Now. However, there has not been any official statement from Salman or his lawyer regarding the development.
Salman was acquitted of all charges as the high court felt the prosecution could not provide enough evidence to prove the actor guilty. “This court has come to the conclusion that the prosecution has failed to bring material on record to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the appellant-accused (Salman) was driving (the vehicle) and driving under influence of alcohol, and also, whether the accident occurred due to bursting (of tyre) prior to the incident or tyre burst after the incident. Prosecution failed to establish the charges on all counts,” Justice A R Joshi had said while announcing the verdict.
The incident had happened on 22 September, 2002, when Salman’s Toyota Land Cruiser ran over people sleeping on the pavement in front of a bakery shop in Bandra, killing one and injuring four.
The actor was first convicted by a sessions court on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and was sentenced to five year in jail. Salman subsequntly appealed against the verdict in the high court, which acquitted him of all charges.