© Provided by Hindustan Times Twitter erupted in angry reactions after the Bombay high court acquitted superstar Salman Khan of killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run crash 13 years ago. The HC said a lower court had erred in finding Khan guilty of culpable homicide at the end of his trial in May, when he was subsequently sentenced to five years in prison.
“The appeal is allowed and the decision of the trial court is quashed and set aside. Salman Khan is acquitted of all charges,” judge Anil Ramchandra Joshi said. The judge said the prosecution had “failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt” that Khan was driving his SUV and under the influence of alcohol when it rammed into a group of homeless men in suburban Mumbai in 2002.
Labourer Nurulah Mahbob Sharif was killed and several others were injured when the vehicle ploughed into them at speed as they slept on a street in the suburb of Bandra West.
A sessions court found Khan guilty of all charges in May, including driving under the influence and without a licence. While Salman’s fans openly showed their happiness at the judgement, many people expressed their disappointment.
Court: “There’s reasonable doubt that you were drunk”Salman Khan: “There’s reasonable doubt that I’m a virgin too lololol”#SalmanVerdict
— Akshar (@AksharPathak) December 10, 2015
RIP JUSTICE #SalmanVerdict
— Doc Sharvari (@Miss_Radioo) December 10, 2015
Mark Twain once said: “The law is a system that protects everybody who can afford a good lawyer.’ If you know what I mean. #SalmanVerdict
— Alekhya Das (@iAlekhyaDas) December 10, 2015
You guys should have robbed a bank in 2002, today you would have been rich and free. That year has a charm attached to it. #SalmanVerdict
— Baba Chicago Waley (@BabaGlocal) December 10, 2015
Finally we know ! The car was drunk .#SalmanVerdict
— Anjana Om Kashyap (@anjanaomkashyap) December 10, 2015
If car was driving itself, what was the chinkara doing? #SalmanVerdict
— RSJ (@Joshi_Aar) December 10, 2015
If today Aamir says that he wants to leave India, everybody will support him. #SalmanVerdict
— Gazi (@GaziMumbai) December 10, 2015
#SalmanVerdict is like GTA game where Salman was driving the car, painted it and the cops forgot the crime !!
— ßabaFollowNath (@BabaFollowNath) December 10, 2015
Now I believe Land Cruiser is fully automatic #SalmanVerdict
— Vicky Malhotra (@sudharjaao) December 10, 2015