Finally the announcement of date for the final verdict of Salman Khan’s 2002 hit and run case has come out. The judge D W Deshpande announced today that the court would pronounce the judgment on May 6.
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Salman Khan who is currently shooting for his upcoming film in Kashmir has to be present in the court during the final judgment on May 6. Salman is charged with an additional charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder that is liable for a 10-year sentence.
Salman has been charged under Indian Penal Code Sec. 304 II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) which attracts up to 10 years in prison; Sec. 279 (rash and negligent driving) which stipulates six months jail; Sections 337 & 338 (causing hurt by act endangering life and causing grievous hurt) with punishment up to two years; Sec. 427 (mischief causing damage to property) with maximum punishment of upto 2 years.
Also Motor Vehicle Act Sections 34 (a), (b) read with 181 (driving vehicle in contravention of rules) and 185 (driving at great speed after consuming alcohol) with punishment of cancellation of driving license; and sections of the Bombay Prohibition Act dealing with driving under the influence of alcohol which attract maximum 6 months jail
Till now the prosecutor Pradeep Gharat to prove his case against Salman Khan has examined many witnesses that Salman Khan was behind the wheel during the accident in 2002. While defence lawyer, Srikant Shivade denied the prosecution’s case and witnesses during an argument last week.
The lawyer denied the prosecution’s case that the injured victims were removed first and than the car was lifted by the crane. He said, “If police say the vehicle was speeding at 90 km/hr then how the bumper of the car was intact and was not damaged after mishap,”
In reference to the evidence of the witnesses, the lawyer Srikant Shivade argued that no blood strains were found on the tyre of the car. The car had fallen on them when it was being lifted with the help of crane. The bumper was also intact and was removed after the car was lifted.
He also said people were sleeping on the stairs of the shop if they were hit by the car, blood strains would have been on the stairs. The people were sleeping on the stairs of the shop and no bloodstains were found on the stairs. The lawyer further argued that IPC Section 304 part two was wrongly applied. Salman was charged with an additional charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder that is liable for a 10-year sentence.
For the first time in 13 years Salman Khan gave his statement on 2002 hit and run case on March 27, 2015. The actor in his statement said that he wasn’t driving the car. Also his driver Ashok Singh in his statement said that it was he driving the car and not the actor.