Even in acquittal, the drama did not cease. On Thursday, Salman Khan, busy with his upcoming film Sultan and waiting to hear from his lawyers the verdict in his appeal against conviction, did receive a call, but one that summoned him to the Bombay high court.
Justice A R Joshi, who had for three days been dictating his judgment, announced 11am that a new law requires the actor's presence on the day of the judgment, one that "is now only for formal pronouncing."
The actor had challenged his conviction and five-year sentence for culpable homicide not amounting to murder for the death of one labourer and injuries to four when his car rammed into a Bandra bakery on September 28, 2002.
Salman's counsel Amit Desai said it would take him a couple of hours to come, but security would have to be beefed up. The judge said he'd take care of that aspect. The actor arrived at 1.30pm. The judge walked in five minutes later and at 1.36pm ended Khan's wait as he stood in the dock with the pronouncement, "Appellant accused is acquitted of all charges."
"In summing up on broader aspects as to driving and drunkenness prosecution has not brought material on record which spells out case against accused, " said the judge, adding that "almost the entire evidence is circumstantial, except for Ravindra Patil's evidence" which was "weak."
Salman wept on hearing the verdict and left the court around 4.40pm after executing a bail bond of Rs 25, 000.
While sessions court judge D W Deshpande had in May held Patil to be an "impartial witness" whose testimony he accepted as clinching, the HC judge held Patil to be "not a wholly reliable witness" and faulted the sessions court for accepting Patil's lower court deposition before his death in 2007 during the trial against Salman then for a lesser charge. The magistrate had in 2011 sent the case for trial on a graver charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder that attracts up to ten years' jail and the sessions court had begun the trial de novo.
As a partially reliable witness whose evidence would require corroboration, the HC held the prosecution had failed to gather anything cogent or substantial.
Chief public prosecutor Sandeep Shinde, said the judge, has raised three issues to be looked at: "whether Salman Khan was driving, and whether he was drunk or whether it was a 'pure and simple' accident." Senior counsel for the actor Amit Desai had argued that "the investigating agency was bent on collecting evidence to establish charges of drunkenness and driving" and that testimony of witnesses was "fabricated to suit the prosecution case."
The HC judge didn't accept application of the Alastair Pereira judgment or principles from the Sanjeev Nanda verdict to this case and said "in each case of drunken driving and causing death, Section 304-II of IPC may not be applicable."jay park worldwide satellite communication daikin stylish coworking london bridge children's society jobs dpd international worldwide butterflies stylish stone bmw international open how many people have died worldwide from covid-19 instagram stylish hidden face girl pic western society humanist society scotland international calls cambridge building society intermediaries social communication difficulties stylish work clothes london international schools church mission society how many days to christmas halloween decorations outdoor outdoor theatre cornwall outdoor restaurants london stylish candles coworking space amazon fba communication image coworking spaces berlin worldwide buffet christmas eve eve signalling record society oryx international growth fund share price tone of voice in communication mens stylish haircuts outdoor table and chairs coworking space southwark decorated christmas trees society joiner limb crossword examples of good communication communication matters information society top 10 netflix series worldwide stylish work shoes yorkshire building society jobs nottingham christmas market 2022 coworking space daily pass outdoor cooker christmas presents for mum stylish dresses coworking space soho 8-bit christmas coworking hotel in london outdoor dog house outdoor herb planter coworking space dubai christmas games international-paper coworking space cape town arab horse society stylish gym bag worldwide travel solutions prestige worldwide t shirt stylish armchairs uk confirm methods of communication as required o2 communication ltd. citronella candles outdoor outdoor slide coworking europe saudi ladies international prize money 2022 uk christmas lockdown amazon international stylish track suit for ladies is mother's day worldwide fullerton coworking space coworking spaces around the world stylish soap dispenser christmas mugs stylish shorts india international travel stylish small tattoos for men omicron deaths worldwide coworking space athens coworking space paddington international women's day quotes international womens day 2022 coworking space cornwall stylish desk chairs top christmas movies christmas lockdown 2022 stylish collage photo frame design coworking space richmond london easy christmas drawings how does good communication reduce the risk of manual handling alpha worldwide communication skills examples coworking space rome british interplanetary society wellbeing coworking space london south worldwide clothing christmas events why communication is important in a team 20th century society makaton communication coworking space new york city oldest academic honour society in the us stylish in french pharmaceutical society ni international ring size chart nmc communication rent coworking meeting spaces sleeps society patriarchal society lateral communication christmas dresses for women lc international limited stylish hallway outdoor swing stylish bedroom coworking bristol stylish windows isle of wight cafe coworking space coworking spaces london m s society scotland christmas menu mcdonalds excellent communication skills examples coworking spaces cambridge worldwide church of god stylish light switches stylish wine glasses outdoor pir lights london st pancras international barcelona coworking space coworking spaces are transactional model of communication outdoor metal paint stylish girls halifax building society near me outdoor blinds omicron worldwide cases stylish womens raincoat why is communication important in business christmas activities near me outdoor shed ladies christmas pyjamas professional communication home bargains outdoor rugs eos worldwide large planters outdoor pre lit christmas tree anglo saxon society stylish flat shoes super bowl viewers worldwide b&m outdoor rug stylish beards stylish maternity wear cadbury worldwide hide how does it work stylish wardrobes ronin international