Hit-and-run case: Bombay HC rejects plea seeking stay on Salman’s appeal

The Bombay High Court on Monday rejected an appeal seeking a stay on Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s appeal against the five-year sentence awarded to him in the 2002 hit-and-run case.

A convict in a murder case, whose appeal has not been heard since 2009, had filed an intervention application asking for a stay on the superstar’s appeal. According to the appellant, the cases of celebrities were heard out-of-turn while convicts like him continued to languish in jails.

He has also filed a similar petition in the HC about the appeals of celebrities getting urgent treatment, and prayed that his appeal too may be taken up expeditiously.

Justice A R Joshi refused to stay Salman’s appeal saying that both the sides in the case had consented for expeditious hearing of the matter. Moreover, in the petition filed by the convict, the High Court has not passed any judicial order, Justice Joshi added.

Advocate Aparna Vatkar on behalf of the intervening convict had sought a stay on Salman’s appeal saying it should not be heard until the petition filed by her client separately before another bench is decided by the High Court.

Salman’s appeal against his conviction will be next heard on July 27.