SC rejects plea seeking transfer of Salman Khan’s appeal out of the Bombay HC; Bombay HC to hear it on July 30th
A plea seeking transfer of Bollywood Actor Salman Khan's appeal against his conviction and five-year jail term in the 2002 hit-and-run case, out of the Bombay High Court, was dismissed by the Supreme Court yesterday. "We are sorry," said the three-judge bench which heard the petition.The transfer petition was filed by Sushila Bai H R Patil through lawyer M L Sharma. The grounds urged in the transfer petition were as follows;
- The state agencies have been "standing behind" the 49-year-old actor.
- The state machinery, police and administrative offices are "standing behind” Khan to destroy prosecution case in favour of the accused person by hook and by crook
- If the state itself support the accused and his crime, have their hand to eliminate evidence, no justice in any manner is possible to anyone
- If the appeal is left in the state, the "entire evidence will be destroyed".
Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court is all set to hear his appeal on July 30. On June 15, 2015, the HC had posted the Appeal to July 1, 2015 after it was informed that the paper book of the case papers was not ready. The paper books, mostly in Marathi, were translated to English and they are submitted. Final hearing will begin on July 30th.
On May 6th,this year, Salman Khan was convicted of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced to five years imprisonment in the case. He was not sent to Jail as the Bombay High Court had granted him interim bail till May 8. On May 8, the High court suspended the 5-year sentence of Khanin the case and granted him bail.