Actor Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in jail on Wednesday as he was convicted of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the 2002 hit and run case with all charges proved against him and can face upto 10 years in jail. The Mumbai Sessions court gave the verdict that was delivered by Judge DW Deshpande where the 49-year-old actor and his family were present. He has been convicted under Section 304(2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
He has been convicted under Section 304(2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Source: Hindustan Times
As the court delivered the verdict, Salman had tears in his eyes and stood silently in the dock. After the conviction, his lawyer began arguments on quantum of punishment in the case.
One person was killed and four others were injured on the night of September 28, 2002 in suburban Bandra when Salman's Toyota Land Cruiser rammed into a Bakery. The victims were sleeping on the pavement when the SUV ran over them.
A Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate, who conducted the trial under lesser charge of rash and negligent driving, which carries a maximum punishment of two years, had in 2012 slapped the more serious offence of culpable homicide and committed the matter to the sessions court. The popular actor was tried afresh under the harsher charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder which is punishable with imprisonment upto 10 years.