The Maharashtra Government has decided to file appeal in the Supreme Court challenging Bollywood actor Salman Khan's acquittal in the 2002 hit and run case.

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The Devendra Fadnavis led-Government will be filing the appeal in the first week of January.

The Bombay High Court bench comprising of Justice Abhay Oak and Justice Gautam Patel was informed by government pleader A B Vagyani they had managed the State's permission to file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court.

Salman was earlier sentenced by Sessions court to five years in jail in May.

Earlier, Salman Khan was on December 10 given a clean chit in the case with the Bombay High Court observing that the main witness was 'wholly unreliable' and that there were discrepancies in the case.

The Bombay high court, however, said that the Bollywood actor cannot be convicted in the case, as the prosecution has not proven the charges against the actor.

Justice A.R. Joshi pointed out that Salman can't be convicted because of various shortcomings in investigations and prosecution's evidence. Salman had appealed to the high court to overturn a sessions court judgment.

-With inputs from Agencies