Maharashtra to appeal in Supreme Court against Salman’s acquittal

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The Bombay high court acquitted Bollywood actor Salman Khan of all criminal charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case on December 10.
Salman Khan

The Maharashtra government is all set to move the Supreme Court in a bid to appeal against the Bombay High Court verdict I which it had acquitted actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case.

It is expected that sometime in the New Year, the case will be taken up by the Supreme Court.

It had taken time for the government to study the order given by the HC and consider to move the Supreme Court, on the advise of a legal panel. There were many loopholes in the judgement which had made the government to take the step.

Shaina NC of the BJP has said that it is not a witch-hunt against Salman by the government and should not be treated so.

All the important points of law were not looked into by the high court, said a lawyer. Now it is up to the Supreme Court to see that justice is done.

There have been substantial evidences, which were never looked into by the HC. So it is now up to the Supreme Court to take the final decision in the case, she added.

It may be noted that the HC rapped the prosecution for failing to provide any proof of Salman’s culpability in the case. It ruled the prosecution had failed to prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that the actor was driving the car at the time of the accident in an inebriated condition.