Salman’s 2002 accident case in magistrate court
MUMBAI: It is almost a decade since Salman Khan’s vehicle allegedly mowed down five pavement dwellers, killing one of them, not far from Sunday night’s accident spot. Trial in the 2002 case is still pending before the Bandra magistrate. On the other hand, the 2006 Alistair Pereira hit-and-run case concluded in six years, with the Supreme Court giving its verdict earlier this year. In both cases, the drivers were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
On September 28, 2002, actor Salman Khan’s Land Cruiser allegedly ra-mm-ed into a bakery on Hill Road in Bandra, killing one worker and injuring four others who were sleeping outside. Khan was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and his police bodyguard was with him at the time of the incident.
Khan was booked under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (culpable homicide not amounting to murder). The sessions court had framed charges against him for failure to take the injured to ho-s-pital, driving without a licence and under the influence of alcohol punishable under the Motor Vehicles Act, apart from an offence under the Bombay Prohibition Act of consuming liqu-or without a licence.
Under Section 304, an accused can be punished with a jail term of up to 10 years. Khan had challenged the sessions court decision before the high court, which lowered the charge from culpable homicide not amounting to murder to Section 304-A, for causing death by rash and negligent act. The high court said the actor be tried under Section 304-A, which attracts maximum two years’ punishme-nt. After the HC order, the case went to the magistrate’s court, where it is pending.