Salman Khan may face up to 10 years in jail following the hit-and-run case dating back to 2002. A Mumbai court on Thursday accepted the plea of the Maharashtra government, that the actor should be tried under section 304 (II) of Indian Penal Code (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), a graver offence in the 2002 case.
Presently, the actor is being tried under section 304 (I) (rash and negligent driving), which attracts a maximum jail sentence of 2 years. On the other hand, the section 304 (II) of Indian Penal Code attracts a maximum punishment of 10 years jail sentence.
Salman Khan will appear before the sessions court on Feb 11.
Confirming the news, lawyer Advocate Dipesh Mehta said, “Salman Khan would have to appear before the Sessions Court on February 11.”
On September 28, 2002, Salman Khan allegedly drunk, rammed his Toyota Land Crusier into a bakery in suburban Bandra, killing one person sleeping on a pavement outside and injuring four others. Khan surrendered only eight hours after the incident.
The trial before the bandra magistrate’s court started in 2006. Advocate Mehta also said that Salman Khan would challenge Thursday’s order in high court.