Salman Khan Found Guilty in 2002 Hit-and-Run Case

Salman Khan Found Guilty in 2002 Hit-and-Run Case

Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Wednesday pronounced guilty in the 2002 hit-and-run case by a Mumbai sessions court.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Wednesday pronounced guilty in the 2002 hit-and-run case by a Mumbai sessions court. The crucial verdict was delivered by Sessions Court Judge DW Deshpande, who said that all charges against the actor have been proved and held him guilty for tragic death of one of the victims in the case.

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The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment for the actor shortly after 1 pm today. The verdict in the 13-year-old case has not only shattered the actor’s family but also apparently brought the entire Bollywood to a standstill. Here is what happened so far today:

-Court adjourned for 45 minutes after hearing arguments of defence and prosecution on quantum of punishment.

-Salman apparently has heart problem. His medical certificate has been produced before the court, reports suggest.

– Prosecution seeks maximum punishment for the actor.

-Salman’s lawyer cites his illness and seeks punishment of less than three years.

-Salman’s fans forcibly enter the premise.

-Salman’s advocate talks about his charity foundation that has helped the needy with Rs 42 crores so far.

-Police shuts the doors of courtroom. Reporters waiting outside the courtroom after chaos.

-Salman stands in the witness box in the courtroom, as his lawyer continues argument.

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-Salman’s advocate says his client has paid Rs. 19 lakhs already as compensation to victims and would compensate more if ordered by the court.

-Perjury charges may be leveled against Salman Khan’s driver Ashok Singh.

-Salman Khan may be taken to Arthur Road Jail.

-Alvira and Arpita wipe tears while Salman listens to his defense’s arguments.

– Salman’s brothers Sohail and Arbaaz walk out of court room in tears.

– On being asked by the court on what he has to say, Salman says he was not driving the car.

– Defense of Salman cites Alistair Pereira hit-and-run case while arguing for a lesser term.

– Salman can be jailed for a minimum of 6 months or a maximum of 10 years

-Salman Khan expected to be taken into custody from court .

-Salman did not even have a driving license, says Judge.

-Salman breaks down after verdict is announced.

-It is not probable that driver was behind the wheel of car, judge told Salman Khan.

-Salman was driving under the influence of alcohol, says judge. Salman Khan convicted on all charges, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

-Salman has been pronounced guilty.

-Judge DW Deshpande arrives in sessions court to deliver verdict.

-Hearing in the case to begin in a few minutes.

-Salman, family inside court room.

-Salman’s brother Arbaaz and sisters – Alvira and Arpita, brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri and friend Baba Siddiqui too reach the court.

-Fans of Salman have gathered outside the sessions court.

Friend Farah Khan tweeted:

A judge will rule today whether Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was guilty of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run crash after a night out drinking, before trying to get his driver to take the blame.

Khan, star of blockbusters such as ‘Dabangg’ (Fearless), is accused of driving his SUV into a group of homeless people sleeping near a Mumbai bakery after spending the evening in an upmarket bar, killing one of them.

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If convicted of culpable homicide, the 49-year-old faces a lengthy spell behind bars, a verdict that would bring the career of one of the Indian movie industry`s biggest box-office draws to a shuddering halt.

A string of prosecution witnesses, including survivors of the crash, have testified that Khan was at the wheel when his vehicle crashed at speed into a group of half a dozen men sleeping on the street in September 2002.

The trial began in earnest last year after a series of court hearings and legal hold-ups. When Khan finally took the stand, he pleaded not guilty and told the court that his driver was responsible for mounting the pavement in the upmarket suburb of Bandra West.

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A constable attached to Khan`s security detail said in his statement to police that the drunk actor lost control of the car while driving at about 90 kilometres (55 miles) an hour.

“The people were sleeping on the footpath. Salman and (his cousin) Kamaal ran away from the spot,” the constable, who died in 2007 of tuberculosis, said.

One of the sleeping labourers injured in the accident said in his statement that “Salman was so drunk he fell. He stood but he fell again and then he… ran away.”But Khan`s lawyers said the action and romantic comedy star had in fact been drinking water all evening and had climbed out of the driver`s seat after the accident because the passenger side door had been damaged.

They also said that the victim, Nurulah Mahbob Sharif, was killed during an operation to move the car, rather than the crash itself, when the bumper fell off and landed on him.

Finally, last month, his driver took the stand and said he crashed after the front left tyre burst, making steering and braking difficult. Khan, the son of a respected film writer, has starred in more than 100 films and television shows since his first hit “Maine Pyar Kiya” (I Fell in Love) in the 1980s.

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But the body-building actor is no stranger to controversy off screen and in 1998 he spent more than a week in prison for killing endangered Indian gazelles. Khan, who has never married, has also been in the news over the years, including for allegedly assaulting former Miss World and Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai with whom he had a long relationship.

The verdict is being awaited with baited breath both by his fans and Bollywood studios who stand to lose millions of dollars if they have to cancel filming for movies he has been signed up to. One report by the Press of Trust of India said more than $31 million was riding on the verdict.

If he were to be jailed, Khan would become the second big-name Bollywood actor to be imprisoned in the last two years. Sanjay Dutt, the star of a series of gangster movies, is currently behind bars over possession of weapons linked to several bombings in Mumbai in 1993.

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