Salman Khan’s Hit-and-run verdict: Justice, ‘fair trial’ and good judgement

Justice and good judgement can be two sides of the same coin and yet may differ in interpretation. The sitting judge in the hit and run case has upheld the virtue of the Indian constitution in his observation where the defendant, Salman Khan was acquitted on Thursday. It’s a shame that the case took 13 years to reach its end. Is there closure in the case? This is something one cannot reply in affirmative, whether it’s for the victims or the defendant.

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that the defendant got lucky owing to the shrewdness of his lawyers and the fact that the prosecution botched up the case, as rightly pointed out by the judge. The case over drunk driving couldn’t be proved in court. I feel one cannot lay the blame on the judge or court, who takes into consideration facts and not necessarily what really happened at the accident spot. I mean, the judge or us, for that matter, were not present at the time of the accident. The onus lies on the prosecution and the Mumbai Police in particular, who sent a summon to the wrong address of Kamaal Khan in London when he gave the right one and the time taken to record his statement. Or, the fact, the time the cops took to bring the receipt at Rain bar without a Panchnama to prove the case against the accused. It’s a shame the manner in which the prosecution conducted the case.

One cannot blame Salman Khan, the accused and the judge for the way in which the prosecution argued its case in court. It was a tale of gross negligence on their part despite knowing it’s a high profile case and one person died-Nurullah Sharif, leave four badly injured. It’s unfortunate. For those innocent people, perhaps there will never be closure. Hopefully, authorities will look into the aspect of compensation so that they lead the rest of their lives in human dignity.

As far as Salman Khan is concerned, there is no doubt that there was a media trial where things were not only reported but made up to be nothing but the ultimate truth. For all those years, he was a victim of his celebrity status and one can argue that it was an unfair trial meted out to him. I mean, now that the judgement is out and he is acquitted we cannot say that whether he was on the wheel or someone else was. It would be contempt of court. From a logical stand, one can say that Salman Khan was lucky and hope that he learns his lesson-which he is doing. Like many, he was brash and carefree during his younger days. The concept of involuntary homicide works in this case. Certainly, he couldn’t have stayed in the car since a mob already gathered and they would have thrashed him. It’s real life and not the scripted story of Dabbang.

Let’s bear in mind that the law clearly states, someone is innocent until proven guilt. It’s the presumption of innocence. It holds true for anyone but the actor was accused of everything during the trial and even till now. That’s why, he was dealt in a very unfair manner.

Credit goes to High Court Judge, Joshi, who stood above every thing and it takes a lot not to be influenced by the high profile case, involving a celebrity. It works two ways, I believe: Either give him a harsh sentence since he or she is a celebrity or just get the accused off the hook. There are the pressure of the victim, prosecution, political system fans and media frenzy. Justice Joshi took care of all the factual elements in this high profile case before giving his ruling.

One may or may not agree with the court sentence but we should respect the judgement and avoid making slanderous comments on the justice. There is a thin line between a good judgement and justice-it can be fair or unfair. I am not saying that it’s fair to the victims and it’s never when we hark back to what happened in the past. The onus lies on the shoddy manner in which the investigation was conducted and it’s a real shame. One thing intrigues me: The same people who lauded the justice system in the lower court today are lambasting the judge who gave a fair judgement. We should be proud of the judgement, though not the trial. It wasn’t fair to the victims and the defendants. Certainly, someone was driving the car!



  1. 13 years for taking this kind of verdict is useless.We all knew the truth even before the case started but still it ended otherwise.No matter what proofs or arguments they fought with truth is he was guilty. Our system is just a game for rich to play and punishment for poors. shame!!

    • Thanks Anu. I believe it’s a good judgement, looking at facts and issue of unfair trial as well as botched up investigation. I will not call him guilty and make allegations on hearsay. What happens with media trial that we tend to believe it as the truth. Yes, 13 years is a big shame and perhaps the police must revise its way of functioning to clean up mess in not just this case but also Arushi Talwar.

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