- After a 13-year-long legal battle, Salman Khan has been finally acquitted of all charges in the 2002 hit and run case.
- Court released him due to inadequate evidence.
- But there were other people who were involved in the case all these years. Here\'s how the case changed their lives.
- Superstar Salman Khan can heave a sigh of relief. Today, the Bombay High Court acquitted him of all charges in the 2002 hit and run cases due to inadequate evidence.
- This comes just seven months after he was convicted by the Sessions Court and was sentenced to five years in prison.
- He thanked his fans and family for standing by him.
- Being the protagonist of the whole episode, the focus was on him.
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- But one must not forget that there other people involved in the case whose lives changed for ever due to this case that has been going on over a decade now.
- Here's recalling how lives of other people involved in the case changed.
- In May 2015, in a dramatic turn of events, Salman's family driver appeared before the lower court and confessed to having run over four people.
- He said:
"I was driving when the tyre burst and the brakes jammed. The car went over the steps. I saw that people were trapped beneath. I got out of the right side and Salman too got out of the right side as the left door was jammed."
- The prosecution accused him of having taken a bribe. He denied it.
- The Court didn't admit his confession. Instead, they held Salman guilty and sentenced him to five years imprisonment.
Prosecution wanted to file a perjury case against him. But there was no development on that front.
This budding playback singer, who became an overnight sensation with the song 'O O jane jana', was also in Salman's car on the fateful night.
- He was listed as a witness by Bandra Police. But he never appeared in Court.
- Recently, he told the media that Salman Khan was not driving the car.
- Also, after the incident, he has completely disappeared from Bollywood.
- Police constable Ravindra Patil was made Salman Khan's bodyguard on 22 August 2002.
- He was sitting next to Salman when the actor allegedly killed one person and injured five others in the hit-and-run case.
- It was Patil who reported the incident to Bandra police station, and confirmed that the actor had been inebriated.
- His friends and colleagues claim he was threatened and offered bribes to change his statement for years.
- Ravindra ran away and missed five hearings. He was later arrested and jailed.
- Upon his release, he lost his job, contracted TB, took up alcohol and drank himself to death.
- The Bombay High Court called him a wholly unreliable witness.
- Five people were sleeping on the pavement when Salman Khan's Toyota Land Cruiser ran over them.
- All of them were homeless people and worked for a bakery in western suburb Bandra in Mumbai.
- Amongst them, Nurullah Sharif was killed while the other four were gravely injured.
- Nurullah is survived by a wife and a son. His son, who is 25 years old now, had to discontinue his studies at the age of 12 and his wife had to start working as a domestic help.
- The family has claimed that they never received the Rs 10 lakh compensation promised to them.