2012 yearender: Cases against Kasab, Bollywood stars dominate Maha legal scene
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Cases against Bollywood personalities Salman Khan, Adnan Sami, Madhur Bhankarkar, Shiney Ahuja and family members of late Rajesh Khanna hogged the limelight during 2012 while hanging of terrorist Ajmal Kasab in a Pune jail marked culmination of the 26/11 trial.
The arrest of political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi drew public attention. The high court came down heavily on police for arresting him on "frivolous grounds" and "without application of mind". The court also granted him bail observing that police had "breached" his "freedom of speech and expression".
In a glittering event this year, the Bombay High Court celebrated the completion of 150 years of its building.
Salman, an accused in a 2002 hit-and-run case, received a setback when an RTI activist moved a court in December alleging that he had delayed the trial by five years deliberately by colluding with police. The court asked the actor to answer the charges of giving false information and producing wrong witnesses.
In another development, Pakistani singer Sami got relief when the Bombay High Court in June granted divorce to him and UAE citizen Sabah Galadari. Adnan had married Sabah in 2001, divorced her in 2004 and remarried her in 2007.
Their relation, however, soured again and Sabah moved a family court for divorce in 2009. She also filed a case under Domestic Violence Act against Adnan.
Eight years after fighting a legal battle, filmmaker Bhandarkar got an upper hand for the first time when the Supreme Court, in November, quashed the ongoing criminal proceedings against him on allegations of rape levelled by actress Preeti Jain.
Another case which evinced public interest was that of actor Shiney Ahuja who was convicted on allegations of raping his maid servant. He moved the Bombay High Court urging that his appeal be expedited as pendency of "frivolous conviction" was tormenting him and he wanted to start life afresh. On November 28, the court expedited his appeal.
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