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In December last year, the Bombay High Court acquitted actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit and run case. However little over a month after the verdict, we hear that the Maharashtra government has decided to approach the Supreme Court against Salman Khan’s acquittal.
According to Sandeep Shinde, the public prosecutor who has been associated with the case, the Bombay High Court has erred in not appreciating the prosecution evidence. Further he adds that the trial court’s order convicting Khan was correct and should be upheld.
For those still wondering about the case, in May, a trial court had held Khan guilty of killing a man with his SUV on September 28, 2002, after the actor’s Land Cruiser had crashed into five people sleeping outside a bakery in Bandra. However on December 10, 2015, the High Court overturned that order, acquitting the actor of all charges and cancelling his five-year jail sentence. In its ruling acquitting the actor, the court stated that the prosecution had failed to establish beyond doubt that Salman Khan was driving and was drunk at the time of the accident. Further, the High Court also discredited the testimony of a key prosecution witness – Ravindra Patil – who had said that Khan was driving drunk and had ignored his repeated warnings.