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Salman Khan is acquitted. What happened to the others in the 2002 hit and run case?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 12:43 IST
  • 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.
  • 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.
Salman Driver
  • 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.

Kamal Khan
  • 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.
Ravindra Sharma
  • 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.

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  • The Bombay High Court called him a wholly unreliable witness.
Nurullah Sharif
  • 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.
First published: 10 December 2015, 9:32 IST