Salman hit-and-run case: SC admits Maha appeal, denies fast-track

The Supreme Court today admitted the plea of Maharashtra government challenging the acquittal of Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s 2002 hit-and-run case, but at the same time declined to fast-track the case claiming there are so many important cases pending in the court.

A bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra admitted the plea by the Maharashtra government. Salman Khan’s advocate Kapil Sibal, told the court that his client would like it to hear the plea on merits.

In the last hearing, the Court had asked the actor whether he would consent to the hearing of the matter on merits. Sibal told the bench that he spoke to Khan and he wants the "matter being heard and decided on merits".

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi urged the bench to speed up the hearing by giving some date after six months.

"It is a 15-year-old case. If the hearing could be expedited and court indicating some date after six months," Rohtagi told the court realising that the plea by the Maharashtra government may take years before it comes up for hearing.

But the apex court declined the verdict.

"There are so many serious matters pending. You can't ask for the fast-tracking of the matter merely because so and so is X (Salman Khan)", said Justice Khehar, declining the plea for expediting the hearing.

On December 10, 2015 High Court acquitted Salman, saying that "prosecution has failed to prove the charges against Khan on all counts".

Challenging the Bombay High Court verdict the Maharashtra government's admitted petition to the Supreme Court.

The case dates back to 2002 when Khan was accused of killing one and injuring five others after he rammed his vehicle into a bakery in Bandra in the wee hours of September 28, 2002. The trial court sentenced the actor to five years in jail. The actor immediately approached the HC in which he was acquitted due to "various shortcomings in the probe and evidence".