Salman’s hit and run case: 5 year jail sentence suspended; released on bail

In a major relief for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, the Bombay High Court on Friday suspended his five-year jail sentence, paving the way for him to apply for and seek a regular bail.

The interim bail granted to the actor by the high court two days ago has been extended and he will not be taken into custody pending disposal of his appeal against the lower court judgment, reports said.

Scores of Salman’s fans had gathered outside his Bandra residence and the high court since early morning and as soon as the news of suspension of his sentence spread they erupted in joy. Several of them broke into a jig carrying others on shoulders.

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan

Khan’s appeal will be heard in July. While granting the relief, Justice A.M. Thipsay at the high court asked Salman to surrender his passport and apply for permission whenever required to travel abroad.

In nearly two hours of arguments before the high court, Salman’s lawyers led by renowned advocate Amit Desai said the prosecution had failed to examine singer Kamaal Khan as a witness, the defence did not get opportunity to cross-examine the deceased police bodyguard of Salman, Ravindra Patil, and that the accident was caused due to a tyre burst of the Toyota Land Cruiser that early morning of September 28, 2002.

On Wednesday, Additional Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande found the actor guilty on all charges pertaining to the accident and later sentenced him to five years jail plus Rs.25,000 fine.

– Spadman