Mumbai/ Nagpur: A little over a fortnight after Bollywood actor Salman Khan was acquitted for running over pavement dewllers in a drunk driving case, the Maharashtra government on Thursday informed the Bombay high court that it had taken a decision to “immediately file a special leave petition” in the Supreme Court.
Government pleader Abhinandan Vagyani said that the SLP will be filed this month itself. The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by journalist Nikhil Wagle seeking action in the hit and run case.
“In view of this statement (of the government pleader), for the time being, we are not considering the implications of the observations made by the Single Judge in the said judgment and order about the major defects in the investigation,” said a division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Gautam Patel.
The incident dates back to September 2002, when Salman Khan’s car rammed into to pavement dwellers at Bandra, killing one person and injuring four others. Salman was convicted in May 2015 on the charge of culpable homicide and drunken driving and sentenced to five years in prison. The HC had suspended the sentence and released the actor on bail pending the hearing of his appeal. On December 10, 2015, the HC acquitted Salman of all charges pointing to “unexplained and glaring anomalies” in the evidence collected by the prosecution against the actor.