A session court in Mumbai pronounces Bollywood Actor Salman Khan guilty of all charges in the infamous 2002 hit-and-run case rejecting claims that driver Ashok Singh was at the wheel when the actor’s white-colour Toyata Land Cruiser crashed into American Express Bakery at Bandra killing one person and injuring four other.
Salman Khan was accompanied by family member Sohail Khan, Arpita, Alvira, Atul Agnihotri, and Congress leader Baba Siddiqui in the court. Earlier, Arpita tweeted, “Today is a big day for us & we know we are not alone. Thank you for your Dua’s, love & support always. God bless!”
Nurullah Mehboob Sharif was killed in the accident in which Kalim Mohammed Pathan, Munna Malai Khan, Abdullah Rauf Shaikh and Muslim Shaikh were injured after the rammed on them while sleeping in the open at Bandra.
Salman Khan’s lawyers have pleaded with the court that he be given a sentence of maximum two years, in consideration of the ‘humanitarian work’ that the star had undertaken in the past few years, according to ANI. Many friend and relatives visited Salman’s residence on Tuesday, a day ahead of the verdict. King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan also visited Salman’s residence.
The Dabaang actor has been charged under IPC sections 304 part II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) which attracts upto 10 years in prison; 279 (rash and negligent driving) which stipulates six months jail; 337 & 338 (causing hurt by act endangering life and causing grievous hurt respectively) with punishment up to two years, and 427 (mischief causing damage to property) with maximum punishment of upto two years.
He has been charged, under motor vehicles act, under Section 34 (a), (b) read with 181(driving vehicle in contravention of rules) and 185 (driving at great speed after consuming alcohol). Under provisions of Bombay Prohibition Act relating to driving under influence of alcohol which provides for maximum six months’ jail is also imposed upon him.
Khan is also facing another two cases for allegedly poaching endangered animals and possessing arms without a valid licence in Rajasthan. Notwithstanding Salman’s arguments that he was having only a glass of water not alcohol, prosecution led by Pradeep Gharat alleged that Khan was driving after consuming ‘Bacardi Rum’ in a bar.
The prosecution also alleged that Khan was driving without holding a licence, and his rash driving claimed the life of Nerullah Mehboob Sharif and injured four others.