The Bombay High Court on Thursday said Bollywood megastar Salman Khan “cannot be convicted” on the basis of the evidence produced by the prosecution in a hit-and-run case.
Justice A.R. Joshi, who was making his observations as the open-court dictation of his verdict entered the last lap, said the “prosecution failed to establish the charges (against Salman) on all counts”.
Justice Joshi’s much-awaited verdict in Salman’s appeal challenging his conviction and five-year sentence by the Sessions Court on May 6, is expected to be delivered on Thursday afternoon in the presence of the actor.
Earlier on Wednesday, the court had ruled that there was no evidence to prove that Salman was drunk or driving the ill-fated Toyota Land Cruiser on September 28, 2002 when it met with an accident and mowed down one pavement dweller and injured four others.
Salman said he was pleased with the court’s verdict and and respected the ‘decision of judiciary.’
He tweeted, “I accept the decision of the judiciary with humility. I thank my family, friends & fans for their support & prayers.”
Salman’s acquittal has sparked off a new twitter debate with opinions sharply divided. His fans are hailing the verdict, there have been plenty of criticism for the decision to acquit him.
Here’s a snapshot of twitter conversation on this subject;
Lesson from #SalmanVerdict : when you sleep on the pavement, don't dare dream of justice from India's courts.
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) December 10, 2015
Finally we know ! The car was drunk .#SalmanVerdict
— Anjana Om Kashyap (@anjanaomkashyap) December 10, 2015
Individual culpability dpnds on evidence nt public perception or media trial or presumption of guilt.Judicial mind judges @BeingSalmanKhan
— ShainaNC (@ShainaNC) December 10, 2015
How long before the pavement dwellers are convicted for damaging the wheels of Salman Khan's car?
— Anahita Mukherji (@Newspaperwalli) December 10, 2015
2002 , extremely good year for criminals. They get away with murder and then achieve even greater fame, money and position. #salmankhan
— $$ Aditya Magal $$ (@jhunjhunwala) December 10, 2015
Judge : And the final verdict is "The car was drunk" hahaha #SalmanVerdict
— Richa Khurana (@richa_khurana) December 10, 2015
As per the high Court salman bhai is not guilty ..poverty is.. #SalmanVerdict
— prashantnandan (@nandanprashan) December 10, 2015
Aamir Khan's wife Kiran Rao wants to leave India as Intolerance is Rising against the people who are sleeping on Footpath #SalmanVerdict
— ओमर अब्दुल्लाह (@abdullah_0mar) December 10, 2015
— Hasna Zaroori Hai (@HasnaZarooriHai) December 10, 2015
— Narendra Modi (@OfficeOfModi) December 10, 2015
So finally our Hon'ble court has realizes that 'Car was Drunk' #SalmanVerdict
— Sanjay Rathod (@Sanjay_Vis) December 10, 2015
Welcome to India where there are two laws, one for rich and powerful and another for common man. #SalmanVerdict
— Saurabh (@SilentlyBeating) December 10, 2015
Google is working on a Driverless car. Salman khan already invented one in 2002. #SalmanVerdict
— Kapil💥 (@kapsology) December 10, 2015
Justice in driving under influence case proved that whole system is under influence #SalmanVerdict
— Prepaid Bullshit (@Direct_Shooter) December 10, 2015
#SalmanVerdict,Total misuse of judicial system,question remains,why can't celebrities and any gr8 person can't accept crimes is also a fact
— Akash Bavishi (@ABavishii) December 10, 2015