Friday, December 11, 2015

Salman Khan acquitted, Headley Pardoned

Salman Khan acquitted, Headley Pardoned
Mumbai: With two Judgments, Bombay created  History on Thursday, 10th December 2015. In one case Bollywood actor Salman Khan was acquitted by the Bombay High Court of all charges in the 2002 hit & run, accident case that killed a pavement dweller.

In another case one Mumbai Courted pardoned the main accused in 26/11 Bombay Terror attack case Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley and allowed him to be the Prosecution approver in the Bombay Terror Attack case. 

Salman Khan :
Ballywood megstar Salman Khan was acquitted by the Bombay High Court of all charged in the 2002 hit and run case that killed pavement dweller  and injuring others. After the verdict Salman wiped away tears of relief as overjoyed family flanked him.
Delivering the much-awaited verdict in a courtroom packed with journalists, Bollywood personalities and lawyers, Justice A.R. Joshi said the actor "cannot be convicted" on the basis of the evidences produced by the prosecution in the 13-year-old case and trial.
Accordingly, Salman's conviction and five-year jail term on charges of - among others - "culpable homicide not amounting to murder" has been quashed and set aside by the court.

Salman, clad in a dark, checked shirt and jeans, heard out the verdict without emotions but was later seen wiping tears in the court. "I accept the decision with humility. I thank my family, friends and fans for their support and prayers," he tweeted.

Salman's apartment building was lit up with lights while admirers burst firecrackers outside. The actor's counsel Amit Desai reacted: "After 13 long years, the verdict is a big relief for Salman Khan. It is a full acquittal."

The actor is battling another case involving the poaching of blackbuck in Jodhpur in Rajasthan in 1998. It is currently sub-judice.

David Colaman Headley:
A Mumbai court today pardoned Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley, who had surveyed targets for the 26/11 attacks, and made him an approver in the case, a move that may unravel the conspiracy behind the brazen terror assault.

"Accused David Headley is tendered pardon as per section 307 of Code of Criminal Procedure....Headley would be the prosecution witnesses in the case," said the judge G A Sanap.

Headley will depose through video conference on February 8.

The court added that pardon was being granted on the condition that he would reveal "every fact".

"He shall reveal all true facts leading to the conspiracy of terror attacks and also details of all the co-accused involved in this matter and crimes committed in India by him and others as per his knowledge," the judge said..

"If (the prosecution's) application for pardon (for Headley) is rejected, it will be difficult to bring on record the direct and best evidence in the case and hence I am inclined to accept the application," the judge said.

From the order of the US court, which convicted Headley for his role in 26/11 conspiracy, it can be seen that the plan could not have reached its logical end without his involvement, the judge noted, saying this was one of the aspects to be considered while tendering pardon to Headley.

The conspiracy was hatched outside the country and LeT operative and 26/11 key plotter Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, who is currently facing trial before this court, was Headley's co-conspirator, but there is no direct evidence (against Jundal), the court noted.

"In this case fortunately for prosecution Headley expressed his desire to unfold the larger conspiracy of 26/11 terror attacks hatched outside India. The evidence of co-conspirator like Headley could be of immense importance in case of prosecution. It is very difficult to get such direct evidence and firsthand account of criminal conspiracy," the judge noted.

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