case New Delhi, May 13: A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court's order to grant bail to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case.
The plea, besides seeking a stay on the High Court's order on Khan's appeal, has also sought a direction to the superstar "to surrender before the jail authorities in accordance with the rules."
The PIL filed by Yashwant Singh, a journalist, has alleged that the actor has been given preferential treatment and it "violates" legal principles. Referring to an earlier Supreme Court decision, it said that the sessions court "passed the order of conviction and the order of sentencing on the same day, which is in violation of judgement of the Supreme Court of India...".
The Bombay High Court had, on May 8, suspended the 5-year sentence of Khan in the hit-and-run case and granted him bail pending his appeal against conviction.
"He has been on bail for a long time and his liberty was not curtailed. Normally, in such cases, the appeal is admitted and an accused is granted bail," Justice Abhay Thipsay had said. Two days before the grant of regular bail, the High Court had granted 48-hour interim bail to the actor.