The Sessions Court ruled yesterday that Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who was accused of killing a person and injuring 4 in a 2002 hit-and-run case, will be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Salman Khan was earlier tried by a magistrate under the lesser charge of causing loss of life by negligence, that provides for a maximum punishment of 24 months in prison.
However, the metropolitan magistrate, after investigating 17 witnesses, had brought forth the more serious charge of culpable homicide against the actor and transferred it to a Sessions Court for re-trial. After this, Salman Khan had appealed against the decision in Sessions Court and the Court turned down the appeal. If Salman is found guilty of the charges, he could be sent to prison for a period of Ten years!
A person was killed and 4 others were wounded when the Land Cruiser allegedly driven by Salman Khan crushed a group of people resting on the footpath outside a bakery in suburban Bandra in the early hours of Sept . 28, 2002.