MUMBAI (Online) – Indian state of Maharashtra Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the government will file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the acquittal of actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case.
Devendra Fadnavis said the state government was studying the December 10 Bombay high court verdict that acquitted the Bollywood superstar of all charges in the case, before deciding whether to challenge it or not.
On December 10, the Bombay high court acquitted the 49-year-old star of all the charges, holding that the prosecution had failed to prove he was driving the vehicle after having consumed alcohol.
Salman was charged with ramming his car into a shop in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four others who were sleeping outside.
The high court judgment came on an appeal by Salman, seven months after he was pronounced guilty by the trial court of running over five people sleeping on a pavement outside a laundry in suburban Bandra with his Toyota Land Cruiser, killing one and injuring four others on October 28,2002.
The state prosecutors later said the case was fit for appeal in a higher court.