The court shall not be swayed away by any popular belief that a particular person considering his avocation, profession or standing, must have committed such an offence and must be held guilty, the court said while acquitting the Bollywood Actor Salman Khan.
Following are some observations made by Justice A.R. Joshi, in the judgment allowing the appeal preferred by Bollywood Actor Salman Khan. The court has tried to pre-empt the criticism it might face by giving an unpopular judgment. The court also indirectly says that it is probable that the investigation was so conducted to loosen the prosecution case.
On Media Public perception
Possible that investigation was so conducted to loosen the prosecution case?
On Ravindra Patil
On Section 33 Evidence Act
The evidence of Ravindra Patil before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court recorded in the year 2007 was accepted by the Sessions Court under Section 33 of the Evidence. The High Court, however held that it was not admissible due to following reasons.