Mumbai, December 12: On Wednesday Salman Khan was acquitted by the Mumbai High Court there was a huge celebration by his fans outside his residence at Bandstand near Bandra. The actor was relieved by the judgement and also cried before the judge. But the family members of Ravindra Patil, Salman’s bodyguard were in a state of shock after they heard the judgement.Also Read - Viral Video: Dancing Dad Ricky Pond Grooves to Salman Khan’s 'Dil Di Nazar' Song, Impresses Indians | Watch
Off all the people affected by the 2002 hit-and-run case Ravindra Patil, the main witness in the case became the worst victim. A young and ambitious boy hailing from Satara, Patil was the first person who reached at the Bandra police station to file an FIR and remained reluctant in his statement in overall trial. Also Read - "Main Pehle Se Hindustan Ka Bhai Hun," Salman Khan Goes All Big With Dialogues in Aayush Sharma's Antim - Watch Trailer
Patil’s grieving mother Sushilabai (70) was upset with the judgement. Sushilabai was quoted in Midday where she said, “It is only the court of man that has denied us justice today. We may get justice in the court of the almighty someday, and we shall witness it”. Read Also: (Salim Khan on Salman Khan’s acquittal: We are happy and relieved) Also Read - 'Karan Ko Hi Winner Bana Do' Netizens Call Bigg Boss Unfair, Remind How Kushal Tandon and Zeeshan Khan Were Eliminated
Salman Khan was acquitted, in the 2002 case in which one person was killed and four others were injured. Sushilabai said, “after the case we lost our livelihood”.
The family of Patil gets a small amount of provident fund money. However none among the police force helped Sushilabai and his family.
Being a prime witness in the high profile case, Patil faced the lashes from his own police department and was rejected from the police force. The suspicious case of Patil is still unanswered and under reported as his sudden absenteeism from his duty, his unanswered long disappearance and his arrest. Unfortunately Patil was kept in Arthur Road prison among deadly goons by court order and requested his seniors get him rid of the high profile case.
After he was released from jail, Patil went missing for several months and was found lying in Sewri TB hospital, where he was treated for a deadly starin of tuberculosis. Before his death Patil weighed 30 kg and died the same year.
“I stood by my statement till the end, but my department did not stand by me. I want my job back, I want to survive. I want to meet the police commissioner once,” were his last words.