Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Tuesday admitted Maharashtra government’s appeal challenging Bombay High Court verdict acquitting Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case. During the hearing today, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on behalf of the Maharashtra Government, urged the Apex court to put the hearing on fast track, but the bench refused the plea and advised to approach the Chief Justice of India (CJI) bench for the same.
"If you want hearing on fast track, you can approach CJI for the same," Justice Khehar told AG, reported to a news agency. Salman had been acquitted by the Bombay High Court in December 2015 and later in February this year, the Supreme Court sent a notice to Salman, asking why his acquittal should not be overturned.
The Maharashtra Government had on January 22 filed a petition in the apex court against the Bombay High Court's judgement acquitting Salman of 'all charges', overturning the trial court's order sentencing him for five years.
In April this year, asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the Maharashtra government's petition challenging his acquittal, Salman Khan said that the Mumbai Police was trying to falsely implicate him in the case. On September 28, 2002, Khan's Toyota Land Cruiser had crashed into men sleeping on a pavement outside a bakery in Mumbai's Bandra, killing one.