A Mumbai sessions court ruled Wednesday that Bollywood actor Salman Khan would be tried under the stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the 2002 hit-and-run accident.
The court said the actor will now be tried under Section 304 (III) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). If found guilty, Salman could face 10 years in prison.
The matter has been posted for further hearing Aug 16.
Earlier, Salman had been tried by a metropolitan magistrate under the less severe Section 304A of the IPC relating to rash and negligent driving, which stipulates a maximum of two years in prison.
However, the metropolitan magistrate, after examining 17 witnesses in the case, had invoked the more serious charge under Section 304 (III) of the IPC against the actor. Salman had challeged this order in the sessions court.
One person was killed and four others were injured when a Land Cruiser allegedly driven by Salman in an inebriated state ran over a group of footpath dwellers in Mumbai's Bandra suburb in the early hours of Sep 28, 2002.
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salman is innocent and he will come out of al d ordeals by Gods grace...thr r so many cases that r more serious thn ths that needs to attended to but they wont, al because salman he's a gold hearted guy, great humanitarian, a superstar,God sent, a blessing for all associated with and just because salman is a valuable and priceless assest for the whole wide world thy are so targeting for the crime he didnt commit... but 1 thing is certain... no matter how pple try to tarnish his image/reputation he's not affected by it, he's not broken down, rather he's grwng stronger by al ths false accusations but the most important thing is that in al this trials is that his families,friends and fans love grw stronger by each seconds and nothing or no one can deny ths...d more pple r prying for him and am rest assured he will win.. he will never loose cos God his with him and he's got the love... luv u more salman..
taking someone's life is not a joke even if he didn't intend to but he should have calculated the consequences of drunk driving before sitting in the driving seat.law should remain the same for all.
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