Mumbai, Dec 10: After 13 long years, Salman Khan has finally been acquitted in the infamous 2002 hit-and-run case. The Bombay High Court on Thursday, Dec 10 dropped all charges against the Bollywood actor.
Fans of the Bollywood superstar began celebration across the country. While some busted crackers, a Mumbai hotel, which is named after Salman, distributed foods to all and that too for free of cost.
While delivering the judgment, the high court judge said, "The appeal is allowed. The trial court's verdict is quashed and set aside. Salman is acquitted of all charges."
On hearing the verdict, Salman broke down. The actor, who wore a blue-white check shirt, arrived in the court at 1:30 pm even as the police made a tight bandobast around the high court premises. He was accompanied by his bodyguard Shera, brother-in-law Ayush, sister Alvira and his manager.
Salman was found guilty by a sessions court which sentenced the actor of five-year of imprisonment. Salman, however, challenged the verdict and moved the high court.
On Sept 28, 2002, Salman's car had rammed into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra. One person was killed and four others were injured in the mishap.
The judge said the burden is on the prosecution to establish the guilt of the accused and this needs to be done beyond reasonable doubt. The Maharashtra government now is expected to move the Supreme Court challenging the high court's verdict on Salman Khan.
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