Twitter erupts after #SalmanVerdict: ‘The car was drunk’
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Twitter erupts after #SalmanVerdict: ‘The car was drunk’

Salman Khan’s acquittal by Bombay high court was followed by a furore on Twitter as people asked who actually killed labourer Nurulah Mahbob Sharif .

bollywood Updated: Dec 10, 2015 16:13 IST
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Bollywood star Salman Khan was acquitted of killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run crash 13 years ago by Bombay high court. Social media erupted in furore after the verdict.(AFP)

Twitter erupted in angry reactions after the Bombay high court acquitted superstar Salman Khan of killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run crash 13 years ago. The HC said a lower court had erred in finding Khan guilty of culpable homicide at the end of his trial in May, when he was subsequently sentenced to five years in prison.

“The appeal is allowed and the decision of the trial court is quashed and set aside. Salman Khan is acquitted of all charges,” judge Anil Ramchandra Joshi said. The judge said the prosecution had “failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt” that Khan was driving his SUV and under the influence of alcohol when it rammed into a group of homeless men in suburban Mumbai in 2002.

Labourer Nurulah Mahbob Sharif was killed and several others were injured when the vehicle ploughed into them at speed as they slept on a street in the suburb of Bandra West.

Read: Salman Khan acquitted of all charges in 2002 hit-and-run case

A sessions court found Khan guilty of all charges in May, including driving under the influence and without a licence. While Salman’s fans openly showed their happiness at the judgement, many people expressed their disappointment on social media. Twitter erupted with angry reactions. Here are a few...

First Published: Dec 10, 2015 14:57 IST