Salman Khan Acquitted Of All Charges In 2002 Hit-And-Run Case
On May 6, Salman Khan was convicted by a Mumbai sessions court for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and a five-year sentence for a 2002 hit-and-run incident which resulted in the death of a labourer and injuries to 4 other individuals. The Bollywood star was shocked, and filed an appeal in the High Court against the conviction.
Salman Khan was granted bail on that day, and was out on bail till he was called to the court for the pronouncement seven months later. He was accompanied by his sister. Justice A.R. Joshi’s words were, “this court has come to conclusion that the prosecution has failed to bring material on record to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the appellant (Salman Khan) was driving and under the influence of alcohol, also, whether the accident occurred due to bursting (of tyre) prior to the incident or tyre burst after the incident”. Salman broke down for several minutes after hearing the verdict, and was humming a tune later on.
According to the court, the accounts of witnesses as well as the testimonies of those injured in the accident failed to prove without doubt that Khan was driving under the influence of alcohol, and that the tyre-bursting incident (which apparently caused the accident) happened after the accident.
The public’s reaction to the verdict has not been favourable, with Facebook and Twitter being filled with angry reactions, and people saying that justice has not been done in this case, and that Salman’s celebrity status and the power that he has were influential in the decision-making process.