Salman’s fate to be decided on May 6

Mumbai: A Sessions Court in Mumbai trying the 2002 hit-and-run case involving Bollywood actor Salman Khan will pronounce its judgement on May 6.

Judge D W Deshpande said, “I will pronounce the verdict on May 6,” and asked Salman to be present on that day.

The actor, however, was not present in the court on Tuesday when the judge pronounced the date of the verdict.

The date of the announcement of the verdict was announced a day after the completion of final arguments by defence counsel, Salman’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade, before the court on Monday afternoon.

The 49-year-old actor is facing trial for nearly 13 years in an accident case in Bandra during the early hours of September 28, 2002.

Khan allegedly drove his SUV on to the pavement in Hill Road, Bandra in Mumba’s suburbs, killing one person and injuring four others.

He has been charged under Indian Penal Code Section 304 II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) which attracts up to 10 years in prison; Section 279 (rash and negligent driving) which attracts six months’ jail; Sections 337 & 338 (causing hurt by act endangering life and causing grievous hurt) with punishment up to two years; and Section 427 (mischief causing damage to property) with maximum punishment of up to two years.

Also, Motor Vehicle Act Sections 34 (a),(b) read with 181 (driving vehicle in contravention of rules) and 185 (driving at great speed after consuming alcohol with punishment of cancellation of driving
licence); and sections of the Bombay Prohibition Act dealing with driving under influence of alcohol which attract maximum six months’ jail.

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