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Maharashtra To Challenge Salman Khan's Acquittal In Hit-And-Run Case


MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government will move Supreme Court against actor Salman Khan's acquittal in a 2002 hit-and-run case by the Bombay High Court earlier this month.

In May, a trial court had held Mr Khan guilty of killing a man with his SUV after a night out drinking on September 28, 2002. The actor's Toyota Land Cruiser had crashed into five men sleeping outside a bakery in Bandra.

The High Court overturned that order on December 10, acquitting the 49-year-old actor of all charges and cancelling his five-year jail sentence. The court held that the prosecution had failed to establish beyond doubt that Mr Khan was driving and was drunk at the time of the accident. It discredited the testimony of a key prosecution witness - the actor's bodyguard Ravindra Patil - who had said that the Mr Khan was driving drunk and had ignored his repeated warnings. Mr Patil died of tuberculosis in 2007.

Salman Khan, one of Bollywood's biggest stars with around Rs. 200 crore riding on him, had rushed to the High Court from a film shooting for the verdict.

Story First Published: December 23, 2015 14:27 IST