Salman Khan case: SC rejects plea for CBI probe into corrupt practices

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking a CBI probe into the 2002 hit-and-run case on the ground that superstar Salman Khan had adopted corrupt means for his acquittal in the case by the Bombay High Court.

Advocate M L Sharma had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) urging the court to take note of the statement made by the actor’s father Salim Khan that a huge amount of Rs 25 crore was spent on the case.

Dismissing the PIL, a bench led by Justices J S Khehar and R Banumathi said, “These are all wild allegations without any basis. He must have spent Rs 25 crore on lawyers. What are the materials to substantiate this? They must have hired lawyers. How can you say that they did something wrong."

The same bench is hearing appeals against Salman’s acquittal filed by the Maharashtra government and the family of the victim, who was killed in the incident.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi is representing the Maharashtra government in the case. He had argued that Salman was driving his SUV in a drunken state when it ran over the victims sleeping on a pavement in Bandra on the night of September 28, 2002. He had also debunked the theory that instead of Salman, his driver Ashok Singh was driving the vehicle during the incident which killed one and injured four others.

The Bombay High Court, in its verdict passed on December 10 last year, had held that prosecution had failed to prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that the actor was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident and was drunk. The judgement followed an appeal by Salamn Khan against his conviction and sentence by a trial court in May last year.