Bollywood Star Salman Khan Acquitted in Hit-and-Run Case

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Bollywood star Salman Khan cleared over hit-and-run death.

Salman Khan hit and run case 2002: The Bombay High Court today acquitted Bollywood star Salman Khan of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case in which he was convicted and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by a sessions court. Maybe, there was no accident that night: Sharif died because of sudden rush of emotions on seeing Bhai and his superstar friends amidst pavement dwellers and others broke their legs in the stampede to get his autograph. Salman Khan is acquitted of all charges,” the court said in an order that it started reading out three days ago. “On the basis of evidences produced by the prosecution, Salman cannot be convicted, no matter how differently the common man thinks,” the judge explained. Salman, one of India’s biggest stars with Rs 200 crore riding on him, was in court when the judge announced that he had been acquitted and asked the police to return his passport.The actor had been sentenced to five years in jail by the trial court, which had held him guilty of killing a man with his SUV after a night out drinking. Joshi 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.

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. This wasn’t a film based on Salim-Javed script where the conscientious hero, torn apart by guilty conscience, seeks atonement through strict punishment. No, this wasn’t Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment or Rajesh Khanna’s Dushman; this was just another remake of Andhaa Kanoon where the cops and investigating agencies turned a blind eye to a crime. Lawyers, litigants and many others had gathered in and around the court to have a glimpse of Salman Khan as he came rushing from a studio in Karjat on the outskirts of Mumbai where he was shooting. Not questioning singer Kamaal Khan, who was also in Salman Khan’s car that night, was also a major error, said the court.In the early hours of September 28, 2002, the actor’s Toyota Land Cruiser crashed into five men sleeping outside the American Bakery in Bandra.

He described Khan’s former bodyguard, Ravindra Patil, who insisted the actor was behind the wheel and speeding, as “not wholly reliable”, citing “various anomalies in his testimony”. The judge further said that 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.

The promoters holding in the company stood at 71.81 per cent while institutions and non-institutions held 5.75 per cent and 22.44 per cent respectively. They claimed Khan had been drinking water and climbed out of the car through the driver’s side after the accident as the passenger door had been damaged. Consequently it must be said that this is not a case where the prosecution has successfully established its charges, he observed, adding that the entire evidence of the prosecution was circumstantial in nature. The multi-millionaire has been out on bail throughout the trial and appeal, the case seemingly not interfering with his career as one of the Indian movie industry’s biggest box-office draws. Following is the chronology of events: September 28: Salman Khan’s white Toyata Land Cruiser crashes into the pavements near American Express Bakery at Hill Road at Bandra, killing one person and injuring four others.

October 2002: Mumbai Police invoke section 302-II of IPC, which is culpable homicide not amounting to murder which attracts a punishment of jail term of 10 years. Before Thursday, Salman Khan was among the privileged few to have spent just a few days behind bars, in spite of three convictions and a combined sentence of 11 years.

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