Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who has been acquitted of all charges in connection with the 2002 hit-and-run case by the Bombay High Court, tweeted his reaction to the verdict.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan walks from Bombay High Court in Mumbai on December 10, 2015 after being acquitted of culpable homicide. Pic/AFP
Here is what he has to say:
I accept the decision of the judiciary with humility. I thank my family, friends & fans for their support & prayers .— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) December 10, 2015
The actor was given a clean chit in the September 28, 2002, accident case by the Bombay High Court, citing lack of evidences. The accident in Bandra left one pavement dweller dead and four others injured.
Delivering the much-awaited verdict, Justice A.R. Joshi said the actor "cannot be convicted" on the basis of the evidences produced by the prosecution in the 13-year-old case and trial. (Read full story)
As soon as the news broke, #SalmanVerdict became the top trending topic on Twitter and congratulations poured in for the 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' star.
Salman, clad in a dark, checked shirt and jeans, showed no emotion while the verdict was being pronounced, but was later seen quietly wiping tears from his eyes in the court.
Most family members, including his father Salim Khan, his sisters, brothers, and aides accompanied him for the judgment. Even his long-time bodyguard Shera could be seen shielding the actor from the media around the court premises.
Salman rushed to Mumbai from a shooting schedule in Karjat, in adjacent Raigad district, following the court's directive to be present on Thursday.
Post-verdict, Salman completed various legal formalities in the court, including executing a bond if the prosecution decided to appeal in the case, before he could walk out a free man.
(With inputs from agencies)