While acquitting the 49-year-old actor in a jam packed courtroom, Justice AR Joshi said, "The appeal is allowed. The trial court's verdict is quashed and set aside. Salman is acquitted of all charges”.
On hearing the verdict, Salman broke down. The actor, who wore a blue-white check shirt, arrived in the court at 1.30 pm even as the police maintained a tight security around the High Court premises. He was accompanied by his bodyguard Shera, brother-in-law Ayush, sister Alvira and his manager.
Justice Joshi, who started dictating the verdict on Monday, said the prosecution failed to establish its case against the appellant accused (Salman) on all charges. On September 28, 2002, Salman's car had rammed into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra. One person was killed and four others were injured in the mishap.
Lawyers, litigants and many others had gathered in and around the court to have a glimpse of Salman as he came rushing from a studio in Karjat on the outskirts of Mumbai where he was shooting. The judge said the burden is on the prosecution to establish the guilt of the accused and this needs to be done beyond reasonable doubt.

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