Mumbai(web team): Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was on Wednesday sentenced by a sessions court to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the 2002 hit-and-run case, but he swiftly moved the Bombay High Court which granted him interim bail till May 8 to hear his appeal against conviction.
Justice Abhay Thipsay granted interim bail to the actor after observing that the accused had not been given a copy of the conviction order by the sessions court.
Salman has been convicted under Section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code (rash and negligent driving); 279 (rash driving); 337 (causing minor injuries); 338 (causing major injuries) 427 (negligence) in connection with the case. Under Motor Vehicle Act Sections 34 (a), (b) read with 181 (driving vehicle in contravention of rules); 185 (driving at great speed after consuming alcohol).
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“The urgency in the matter is that the appellant (Salman) who was on bail throughout the trial is likely to be taken into custody today. However, the copy of the order has not been delivered yet,” Justice Thipsay observed. The Judge said, in all fairness and in the interest of justice, it would be proper to protect Salman Khan for the time till a copy of the order is furnished to him.
“The order could have been pronounced when the copy was ready. Why was the order pronounced today? It should not have been delivered if the copy is not ready,” Justice Thipsay said.
The judge also directed the actor to execute a fresh bond before the trial court today itself.
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HC has directed Khan to furnish a fresh bail bond of Rs 20,000 and one surety of the same amount before the trial court for getting his interim bail.
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Lawyer Harish Salve argued in the court that no one can be put in jail without proper order. So far, Salman’s lawyer has only recieved operative part of the court order, not the full order. Opposing his plea, government pleader Sandeep Shinde said the High Court should not entertain the actor’s plea without a copy of the conviction order. He said the accused had not enclosed the copy of the order in his appeal as required under law.
Bombay HC has subsequently given 2 days’ interim bail to the superstar.
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Medical certificate about Salman’s neurological condition has been submitted to the Court, according to TV reports.
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According to reports, senior lawyer Harish Salve has appeared for Salman Khan seeking bail plea in Bombay High Court. The hearing for the bail plea has started.
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Salman’s lawyer move High Court for bail application, will appeal for the bail in front of Justice Thipsay.
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Reacting to Verdict, Senior Advocate Abha Singh said, “I am very happy that this case has been heard and the punishment has been pronounced.
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Salman Khan shocked by sentence, sits down and breaks down into tears
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Bollywood actors rushed to Salman’s home in Galaxy Apartment in suburban Bandra. Preity Zinta and Sonakshi Sinha reached Galaxy apartments (Salman Khan’s residence).
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2002 hit-and-run case: Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in jail
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Court will announce quantum of punishment at 1:10PM
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Public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat asks judge to give maximum punishment of 10 years to Salman Khan.
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Salman Khan listens to verdict with tears in his eyes.
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Court, after convicting Salman, is hearing his lawyer’s arguments on the quantum of punishment.
Salman Khan’s lawyer pleaded with judge for maximum sentence of 2 years and a fine, keeping in mind Salman Khan’s humanitarian work.
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Court relied upon judgements in Alistair Pereira case and Sanjeev Nanda BMW case of Delhi while convicting Salman.
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Actor Salman Khan convicted in 2002-hit-and-run-case.
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Salman Khan reaches Sessions Court
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Have placed all facts in front of the court
Speaking to media, Public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat said, “In coming hours court will pronounce it’s verdict. We have tried to bring the truth and placed all facts in front of the court”.
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Sohail Khan reaches Sessions Court
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Salman Khan leaves home
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At Salman’s home in Galaxy Apartment in suburban Bandra, his family members – mother Salma, brothers Arbaaz and Sohail Khan, sisters Alvira and Arpita have been offering prayers since last night.
“We are all eagerly waiting for the verdict and we hope all will go well,” Salman’s father and noted scriptwriter Salim Khan said.
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Strong posse of policemen deployed at the sessions court
A strong posse of policemen has been deployed at the sessions court which is set to deliver its verdict today in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving Bollywood actor Salman Khan even as his family offered prayers ahead of the outcome.
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The actor is expected to leave for the court at 10.30 am.
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Twitter set abuzz with #WeLoveYouSalmanKhan
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Salman’s sister Alvira reaches the actor’s residence.
The popular actor was tried afresh under the harsher charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder which is punishable with imprisonment upto 10 years.
A Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate, who conducted the trial under lesser charge of rash and negligent driving, which carries a maximum punishment of two years, had in 2012 slapped the more serious offence of culpable homicide and committed the matter to the sessions court.
The actor has claimed he was not at the wheel at the time of the accident which killed one person and left four others injured on the night of September 28, 2002.
While the prosecution has insisted that a drunk Khan was driving the Toyota Land Cruiser that ran over the victims sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra, the actor has claimed it was his driver Ashok Singh who was behind the wheel. Driver Singh has endorsed the defence’s claim.
Here is how Twitterrati expressed their sentiments.
With agency inputs