Salman Khan says don’t over-speed on public roads
Salman Khan, who was the center piece in one of the most high profile cases of road accident, gave a speech on road safety and safer driving methods at a recent event.
On World Environment Day, Salman Khan announced the launch of his own range of cycles, under the brand ‘Being Human’. At the launch event, gave a speech on road safety.
This is what he said – “I think cycles are okay but motorcycles are really dangerous for them (youth) and for other people around. We shoot in Film City, so I see on the highway people racing and recklessly. Back in the time, there used to be races at the reclamation, I lost a friend of mine. I am against that. If you want to race, do that on the racing tracks. Don’t use main roads and out yourself and others, who are traveling with you, in danger.”
The irony here is, Salman was once convicted by a sessions court of driving his car over a footpath in a drunk state which resulted in the death of 1 and four others, who were asleep on the footpath.
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. But the verdict was overturned couple of months later by the High Court and Salman Khan was acquitted of all charges.
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. The state of Maharashtra is expected to appeal the verdict in a higher court.