The hearing was supposed to take place today before Apex court
What we thought to be a relieving moment months ago for Salman Khan has become a tense moment again. HC had acquitted the actor of all charges against him in the 2002 hit and run case. However, this didn’t go down well on one of the victims of the ordeal and he has moved to the Supreme Court challenging the acquittal. Apart from this the Maharashtra government has already challenged his acquittal and demanded restoration of trial court's decision. In a new development the case hearing that was supposed to take place today, that is Friday the 13th before the apex court has been now adjourned to August.
The special leave petition (SLP) filed by Muslim Niyamat Shaikh sought setting aside the high court judgment and directing the 50-year-old actor and Maharashtra government to pay compensation for him and his family. Shaikh, in his plea, he had urged that his family members have been living a miserable life as he was the sole bread-earner and that the court should make provision for compensating their loss.
The high court, in its verdict passed on December 10 last year, had held that prosecution had failed to prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that the actor was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident and was drunk.
The high court judgement, of acquitting Salman, came after an appeal was filed by the actor, seven months after he was pronounced guilty by trial court of running over five people sleeping on a footpath in suburban Bandra with his Toyota Land Cruiser, killing one and severely injuring four others on October 28, 2002.
(with inputs from PTI)
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