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SC admits appeal challenging verdict acquitting Salman Khan in 2002 hit-and-run case
The Supreme Court, today, admitted Maharashtra Government's appeal against the Bombay High Court verdict that had acquitted Salman Khan in the infamous 2002 hit-and-run case.

Attorney General (AG), Mukul Rohatgi, who was appearing on behalf of the Maharashtra Government, had also urged the court to put the hearing on fast track. This appeal was refused by the bench headed by Justice Khehar hearing the case and advised the Attorney General to approach the Chief Justice of India (CJI) bench for the same.

Justice Khehar told the AG, "If you want to fast track the hearing, you can approach the CJI for the same."

Kapil Sibbal, who was appearing for Salman Khan, told the court that he has no objection to the case being heard on the basis on merit.

AG Rohtagi had described Khan's acquittal as "travesty of justice". Describing the high court ruling as "perverse", Rohtagi argued that the theory that the car was being driven by Khan's driver should be discarded because the driver's statement came years after the incident.

The Bombay High Court had acquitted the actor in December 2015. But in February this year, the Supreme Court had sent a notice to Khan, asking why his acquittal should not be overturned.

On 28 September 2002, Khan was arrested for rash and negligent driving after his car rammed into a bakery in Mumbai, killing one person who was sleeping on the pavement outside the bakery and injuring three others. On 24 July, 2013, he was formally charged with culpable homicide in the case, to which he pleaded not guilty.

On 6 May, 2015, Khan was found guilty of all charges in the case. The Bombay Sessions Court stated that the car in question was being driven by Salman Khan, under the influence of alcohol. Sessions judge DW Deshpande convicted the actor for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced him to five years in prison.

Later, on the same day, Salman Khan, being represented by senior counsel Amit Desai was granted bail by the Bombay High Court till 8 May, 2015 and his prison sentence was also suspended till the final appeal hearing in July. His driver Ashok Singh, who had given the testimony that it was him who was driving the car at the time of accident, was charged with perjury for misguiding the court with false testimony and was also arrested. In December 2015, Khan was acquitted of all charges from this case, due to lack of evidence.

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