NDTV MUMBAI: Salman Khan’s sentence of five years in jail has been suspended by the Bombay High Court pending appeal. That means he will not go to jail today and will continue to be out on bail while his appeal against the lower court’s order is heard by the High Court.
Here are the latest developments:
- The Bombay High Court today admitted Salman Khan’s appeal against a trial court order that convicted him on Wednesday, finding him guilty of drunkenly driving his Toyota Land Cruiser over a group of men sleeping on the pavement and killing one, in September 2002.
- Salman Khan is now a convict and has to take permission from court to travel. He also has to execute a fresh bond of Rs.30,000 for bail. The court will hear the appeal in July.
- The actor had been exempted from appearing in court today. Salman Khan had broken down in the Sessions court on Wednesday when he was sentenced.
- The 49-year-old actor had on the same day moved the Bombay High Court, which had granted him interim or temporary bail till today.
- Fans are celebrating outside Salman Khan’s Bandra home, where big crowds have gathered, causing traffic jams.
- Salman Khan’s lawyers argued today that the findings of the lower court were “perverse,” alleging that witnesses’ statements were “ignored.” They asked why Salman Khan’s cousin Kamal Khan, a witness to the events of 13 years ago, was not examined by the prosecution.
- On Wednesday, Additional Sessions Judge DW Deshpande held Salman Khan guilty on all the prosecution’s seven charges, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder, rash and drunken driving and driving without a valid licence.
- In a 240-page judgment, Judge Deshpande has said, “I find that it is established beyond reasonable doubt by prosecution that accused was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident,” rejecting the actor’s submission that his driver Ashok Singh was driving.
- He also observed that Salman Khan “did not wait for police on the spot… Instead of visiting police station, the accused went to his house and till 10.30 a.m. he hided himself… If really the accused did not commit any wrong, he could have visited the police station immediately. (sic)”
- In the early hours of September 28, 2002, Salman’s Toyota Land Cruiser ran over a group of men sleeping on the pavement in front of a bakery not far from the actor’s sea-facing home in Galaxy Apartments in upscale Bandra (West). One man died, four were injured.