Supreme Court dismisses petition on Salman Khan’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.

The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition to investigate whether Salman Khan and his family used money to secure an acquittal in 2002 hit-and-run case. The petition was filed by the victim’s kin.

After the Maharashtra government appealed to the Supreme Court challenging High Court’s verdict, the Supreme Court extended the hearing of 2002 hit-and-run case to February 12.

Khan had filed the caveat in the Apex Court registry on January 29 in the case. The victim’s kin argued before the Apex Court that the Bombay High court had made a serious error in reversing the trial court’s order, which had convicted the Bollywood actor and sent him to jail for five years.

A bench led by Justice JS Khehar termed the plea as a wild allegation without any basis, and said that the main controversy regarding the acquittal is already being heard.

Reports also suggest that ML Sharma, a Delhi lawyer, urged the court to take judicial note of the statement made by Khan’s father Salim Khan over the huge amount of Rs 25 crore spent on the case. The lawyer also claimed that it was an extra judicial confession hinting towards money used in influencing judiciary.

However, the bench said that these are wild allegations and the amount was spent on lawyer’s fees. “Where have they said they purchased anyone?” the bench asked.