Bollywood star Salman Khan jailed for five years in hit and run case
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s “hit & run case” verdict was finally revealed by the Indian court. The actor has been sentenced to jail for five years for killing a homeless man in 2002 in Mumbai.
Khan had said his driver was behind the wheel, but the judge said the actor was driving the car and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Judge DW Deshpande found him guilty on the charge of culpable homicide. “You were driving the car; you were under the influence of alcohol,” he told the actor as soon as the court proceedings began.
Sources reported the actor broke down inside court as the guilty verdict was announced. However, the actor could appeal against the verdict.
This verdict comes as a huge setback for the actor who has acted in more than 80 films in Hindi. Salman’s ardent fans and well-wishers prayed for the actor’s acquittal. Many Bollywood stars and actors prayed for the verdict in favour of the actor.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan
HIT AND RUN CASE:
On 28 September 2002, Khan’s Toyota Land Cruiser hit the American Express bakery in the Bandra area of Mumbai. The vehicle ran over five people sleeping on the street, killing 38-year-old Noor Ullah Khan and seriously injuring three others. Another person received minor injuries.
The prosecution alleged that Khan had been driving the car while drunk, both of which charges the actor denied in court in March. But many witnesses disagreed. A constable attached to Khan’s security detail said in a statement to the police that the “drunk” actor had lost control of the car. The policeman died in 2007 of tuberculosis.
In April, Khan’s driver told the court that he had crashed the car after a tyre burst but the court did not accept that version.
Khan has been involved in several charities during his career. He has started an NGO called Being Human which sells T-shirts and other products online and in stores. A portion of the sales go to a worthy cause supporting the underprivileged. Being Human Foundation is a registered charitable trust set up by Salman Khan for helping the cause of the underprivileged. In its early days, Salman Khan set up and funded the Foundation using his own money. The Foundation has two focus areas: Education and Healthcare. To increase the reach and corpus of the Foundation, Salman Khan has undertaken initiatives such as Being Human Art; Being Human merchandise; and Being Human Gitanjali Gold Coins.