Supreme Court on Tuesday admitted a plea by the Maharashtra government challenging the acquittal of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in a 2002 hit-and-run case.
However, a bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra also refused to fast-track the hearing in the case.
In April this year, Salman Khan had told the Supreme Court that he was not driving his Toyota Land Cruiser when it killed a man in Mumbai in 2002 but police were trying to implicate him in the case.
Claiming that his driver Ashok Singh was at the wheels, Salman said in an affidavit filed on March 17 that the prosecution had failed to produce a single witness or a photograph showing that he was driving it.
The statement followed a notice issued by the apex court on February 19.
The high court had on December 10, 2015 acquitted Salman, saying that the prosecution had failed to prove the charges against the actor on all counts.
The Maharashtra government had moved the Supreme Court on January 23, challenging Bollywood star Salman Khan’s acquittal by the Bombay High Court in a 2002 hit-and-run case filed after the actor Khan’s Toyota Land Cruiser ran over five men sleeping outside American Express bakery in Mumbai’s Bandra locality.
Khan was convicted in May 2015 by a trial court of killing one man on the night of 28 September, 2002.