Earlier this year on 6th May, Judge D W Deshpande of a sessions court here in Mumbai convicted Salman Khan of the 2002 hit and run case when the Toyota Land Cruiser of the actor drove over the footpath in the middle of the night, killing 1 and injuring four others.
The judge did not believe Salman Khan that he was not the one who was driving the car at the time of accident, it was his driver. The judge did not believe him and convicted him. Judge Deshpande also charged Salman Khan with culpable homicide and awarded a sentence of 5 years.
On 8th May, Salman Khan appealed in Mumbai High Court, which granted him bail on the same day. After a long legal battle, the verdict was finally announced today by Mumbai High Court in favour of Salman Khan.
As per the verdict, all charges against 49 year old Bollywood actor have been dismissed. Bombay high court judge Anil Ramchandra Joshi announced the verdict in presence of Salman and his family. He stated – “The appeal is allowed and the decision of the trial court is quashed and set aside. Salman Khan is acquitted of all charges. The prosecution failed to establish [the charges] beyond reasonable doubt.”
Now the high court has said that key evidence – including testimony from a policeman who has since died – was not reliable. On hearing this, Salman Khan broke down in tears.
The prosecution is expected to appeal the verdict in a higher court, reports stated.