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Salman Khan has been convicted in the 2002 hit-and-run case with a five-year prison sentence by the Mumbai Sessions court. The Bollywood star was accompanied by his family to the court.
In September 2002, Salman Khan ran over a footpath injuring four men and killing a man outside a bakery, Best Bakery. Reports have stated that the actor was driving under the influence of alcohol without a licence. Khan pleaded not guilty stating it was his driver Ashok Singh who was driving the car at the time of the accident. He also claimed he was not drinking at the time of the occurrence.
Although Khan was supposed to be taken to Arthur Road jail, his lawyer’s appealed for bail which was granted opening up a possibility that he may get regular bail from the Mumbai session court. The 2 day interim bail may be denied which is said Khan’s lawyer’s are prepared to ‘to move the Supreme Court immediately’, according to Times Of India.
The court found the Hum Aapke Hain Kaun actor guilty on all accounts of the sections he was booked under including: IPC Sections; 279 (rash and negligent driving); 304 part II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder); 337 & 338 (causing hurt by act endangering life and causing grievous hurt respectively), and 427 (mischief causing damage to property).
Also under Sections of the Motor Vehicle Act Sections: 34 (a), (b) read with 181 (driving vehicle in contravention of rules) and 185 (driving at great speed after consuming alcohol).
Khan is one of Bollywood’s biggest stars who has starred in over 80 Hindi-language movies. His huge commercial hits include Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Ek Tha Tiger, Main Pyar Kiya, Tere Naam, Dabangg, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Bodyguard.
Salman Khan has been convicted of culpable homicide.