NRI beautician Nooriya Haveliwala was recently convicted for the January 2010 drunk driving case that left 2 dead and a few injured. While she was sentenced within two years of the incident, the Salman Khan hit-and-run case has been dragging on for 10 years, with various attempts allegedly being made to delay the trial. Is the Mumbai police being partial? DNA finds out
Legal system in India favours the rich, exploits poor
The fact speaks for itself. Prima facie it appears that Mumbai police is going very slow in Salman Khan’s case. It will surely help the accused to delay the trial and in turn defeat justice. No one is above the law, all are equal before it, according to the rule of the law in books. However, in practice, it is true that the legal system in India favours the rich and exploits the poor.
Mukund Sarda, Dean and faculty of law, New Law College
All are equal under the law and have the right to defend
In our country, there are some people who still struggle to get even one time meal in a day and on the other hand, its a tradition in this country to treat the rich as god and kick the poor. We are the same people who don’t react when these actors earn crores of rupees and elect politicians who should be put behind bars. Why should it surprise you when the police mechanism is delaying action on the Salman Khan case. The mindset of public is such that if someone is rich, then his/her being a criminal is also accepted.
The question is not whether the Mumbai police is favouring Salman Khan or not, important is to stop discriminating between the poor and rich. All are equal under the law and at the same time the Constitution states that everybody has the right to defend him/herself.
BG Kolse Patil, Former HC Judge
It is wrong to blame only one agency
There is no doubt that justice delayed is justice denied. It is difficult to say who is responsible or why the Salman Khan drunk driving case is being delayed. However, no trial is allowed to drag on for so long unless there is some deliberation. Also, it is wrong to blame only one agency for the delay. Once the investigation is over and the police have sent the chargesheet to the court of law, what happens thereafter is entirely the responsibility of the court. When the case is subjudiced and the court announces a date, the power lies with the court and the police responsibility goes down. If the police don’t produce a witness, there are ways to tackle such a situation. The court can issue summons, warrant or non-bailable warrants.
Jayant Umranikar, Former DGP
Punish those involved in drunk driving severely
Those who are alleged to be involved in the drunk driving cases and caused injury or fatality must be punished at the earliest and that too severely in order to send a strong message to others that no one will be spared for such crimes. Why the police is approaching Salman Khan’s case so slowly is beyond my knowledge. Is it because he is a celebrity and a known personality? If the Mumbai police want to keep up their good name, they must produce witnesses before the court. The way the case has been dragged for the past 10 years obviously shows deliberation from some quarters. Law is equal for a celebrity or a common man, it does not differentiate.
Chandmal Parmar, Traffic Activist
Why Salman Khan’s case is going so slow?
Prima facie it appears that the police are going slow on the Salman Khan case. However in my opinion, why only police should be held responsible, what are the judges who are trying the case doing? The people need answers as to why Salman Khan’s drunk driving case is going so slow. Nobody knows why it has taken 10 years to resolve the case. The high court cannot look into the role of the police, the Home Ministry needs to do that.
The high court must look into the matter and the state Home Ministry must take suo moto cognisance of the case. The Home Ministry must look into the police lapses, which is so obvious. We also want to know how many adjournments were granted and why they were granted. The police have to pursue the matter because ultimately it is the Maharashtra state, which is the prosecutor and therefore it is between the State vs Salman Khan as was in the case of Nooriya Haveliwala and Allister Pareira.
Aroona Nafday, Advocate
Judgements in other cases were given in 2 years
The police have been going easy on actor Salman Khan by letting the drunk driving case against him drag on for 10 years as against those of Nooriya Haveliwala and Allister Pareira, who were given five- and three-year jail terms, respectively, under similar charges. Both these judgments came out in two years (since the trial began). Why has the Salman Khan case been allowed to go on? The police repeatedly failed to produce witnesses to testify against the actor.
YP Singh, Former Mumbai police officer