Hit-and-run case: Injured moves SC against Salman Khan's acquittal

A man, who was injured in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan, yesterday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Bollywood star’s acquittal by the Bombay High Court.

Salman Khan
Salman Khan

The special leave petition sought setting aside of the HC judgement and a direction to the actor and state government to pay compensation for survival of petitioner Muslim Niyamat Shaikh and his family.

The main petition filed by the state government in SC challenging his acquittal is listed for hearing today.

The petition filed by the injured man alleged that the HC has wrongly acquitted Salman by "ignoring the material points with regard to the statement of the petitioner before the police and the trial court" which had sentenced him to five years rigorous imprisonment.

"The judgement of the high court also suffers from other infirmities and errors and the respondent (actor) needs to be punished for offence of culpable homicide under section 304 Part-II of the IPC," it said.

The petition said the HC was not justified in not attributing knowledge on the part of Salman in driving the vehicle at a fast speed and under the influence of liquor and treating it as a pure and simple accident and not considering it a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The state government in its appeal has said among the errors committed by the HC was non-consideration of evidence of Ravindra Patil, former police bodyguard of Salman, in "proper perspective".

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