Salman acquitted in hit-and-run case, govt to examine verdict for action

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Mumbai:Dec 10;The Bombay high court on Thursday acquitted Bollywood star Salman Khan of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case, quashing a trial court verdict that held him guilty of driving his Toyota Land Cruiser over people sleeping on a Bandra footpath.

Justice AR Joshi said the 49-year-old actor cannot be convicted because the "prosecution has failed to prove the charges against Khan on all counts".

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Maharashtra government will decide on further course of action in the case after examining the HC verdict.

He directed the actor, who was present in the court with sister Alvira and manager Reshma, to furnish a fresh surety bond of Rs 25,000 and asked police to return his passport.

Salman had appealed against the sessions court's May order that delivered a five-year jail sentence after convicting him of culpable homicide not amounting to murder for running over five people on a pavement, one of whom died later, in Bandra West on September 28, 2002.

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