2002 hit-and-run case: HC rejects plea to cancel Salman Khan's bail and enhance jail term
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed two applications seeking cancellation of Bollywood actor Salman Khan's bail and enhancement of five-year jail term awarded to him in the 2002 hit-and-run case.
The applications were filed by Sushilabai Patil, mother of late Ravindra Patil, the complainant in the case and Salman's ex-police bodyguard who passed away during the trial. In another development, the Court on Tuesday fixed the hearing of Salman's appeal against conviction on a daily basis from September 21.
Justice A R Joshi rejected Patil's application seeking cancellation of Salman's bail and enhancement of punishment awarded to him on the ground that the applicant had earlier also made a similar plea and the HC had rejected it on the ground that she had no locus standi.
The applicant urged that Salman was convicted earlier by a Rajasthan court in black buck killing case and this was not communicated to the Mumbai Magistrate who granted him bail in the 2002 hit-and-run case after adding the charge of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' under IPC.
Hence, his bail should be cancelled because a convict cannot get liberty in any other case, Patil's lawyer Manohar Sharma argued. It was on the basis of Ravindra Patil's complaint that Salman was booked in the case. Patil had told police that the actor was driving the car on September 28, 2002, when it rammed into a shop in suburban Bandra killing one person and injuring four others who were sleeping outside.
He had also alleged that Salman was under the influence of liquor. Salman's lawyer, Amit Desai, once again, objected on Tuesday to the paper-book saying that some documents were still missing, following which the court allowed the defence team and prosecution to sit together and inspect the records and proceedings of the case.
The court also asked the defence and the prosecution to place the 'missing' documents before it on the next occasion so that it could consider adding them in the paper-book. Paper-book is a compilation of evidence, documents and the lower court's orders/verdict, prepared by the HC registry. It is given to both the sides when appeal is heard.
Justice A R Joshi is hearing an appeal filed by Salman against the five-year sentence awarded to him on May 6 by the sessions court in the 2002 hit-and-run case.