Salman Khan on Thursday got acquitted of the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The Bombay High Court, which has been hearing an appeal against a five-year-sentence handed out to the actor by a sessions court in May, said that the prosecution had failed to prove that the actor had consumed liquor and was driving the Toyota Land Cruiser when the mishap occurred, giving Khan “the benefit of doubt”.
Justice AR Joshi, said while dictating the verdict on the hit-and-run case, said PTI,
[The] prosecution has failed to establish its case against the appellant accused (Salman Khan) on all charges. On the basis of evidence submitted by the prosecution, Salman cannot be convicted.
The High Court threw out all the evidence that had been considered by the sessions court in May, calling the Mumbai Police’s probe “highly deplorable”.