Salman will be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. If the actor is found guilty he will face 10 years imprisonment.
In a major setback to Bollywood superstar, a Mumbai sessions court on Monday held that the offence of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' under IPC had been made out against Salman Khan in a 2002 hit-and-run case and rejected his appeal challenging a Magistrate's order invoking this charge.
Dictating the order in an open court, Sessions Judge U B Hejib ruled that the actor would face the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Earlier, Salman Khan had been tried by a metropolitan magistrate under the less severe charges of IPC 304A, relating to rash and negligent driving which stipulated a maximum sentence of two years in prison. However, the metropolitan magistrate, after examining 17 witnesses in the case, had invoked the more serious charge under Section 304 (III) of the IPC against the actor.
Sept 28, 2002: Salman Khan allegedly rammed his car into a bakery in suburban Bandra and ran over people sleeping on the pavement, killing one person and injuring four
Oct 6, 2003: Local court framed ten charges against Khan, who pleaded not guilty
Sept 22, 2005: Trial against Khan begins
In 2006, 24 of the 39 prosecution witnesses to the incident were not served summons, while others failed to turn up, leaving just one witness to testify
Oct 8, 2012: Court rejects Khan’s application to sell the car he was driving during the incident
June 22, 2013: Magistrate Court charges him with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, rejecting his plea at the last hearing