Salman Khan gets free! Acquitted of all charges in the hit-and-run case!
The accident took place on the night of September 28, 2002 outside the American Express Bakery in Bandra, where some people were sleeping on the pavement. The actor resides in Bandra and was returning home when the car rammed into the bakery.
While disposing of the appeal against the actor’s conviction, the court said, “Prosecution has failed to establish the case against the appellant of driving and that too under the influence of alcohol,” and asked him to be present in court for the verdict.
On hearing the judgment, the actor wept and waited for over three hours to complete court procedure. He later tweeted, “I accept the decision of the judiciary with humility. I thank my family, friends & fans for their support & prayers.”
According to the Report by The Hindu, In his order, Justice Joshi said: “While we are aware of the public opinion, it is a settled opinion that courts need to decide on law.”
The court also said it cannot be swayed by the “profession and status of the appellant and assume guilt.”
The court came down heavily on the prosecution. “It is a settled principle that the court must decide the case on material that is admissible as evidence under the procedure of law,” Justice Joshi said.
“The evidence presented by the prosecution has not been able to reach the level which in the view of this court is needed to establish the guilt of appellant beyond reasonable doubt. Any strong suspicion can’t be enough to hold anyone guilty.”
As soon as news spread that the actor was going to come to court, the DCP of Zone I arrived with a platoon of officers to cordon off the court area. The actor’s sister Alvira and manager Reshma were present in the already packed court room awaiting Mr. Khan’s arrival.
More than 100 other officers were deployed at the court.
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