Bodyguard actor Salman Khan will get to know on June 10th if he will be tried for culpable homicide or the less serious offence of causing death due to negligence in a decade-old hit-and-run case.
After hearing all the arguments of the prosecution as well as Salman’s lawyers on the issue, additional sessions judge U.B Hejib set the date of the verdict on Wednesday.
If at all he is charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304 (ii) of the Indian Penal Code), Salman Khan can be punished with upto 10 years of imprisonment. On the other hand, the offence of causing death due to rash and negligent act (Section 304 (a) of the IPC) is punishable with a jail term of upto 2 years and/or fine.
It was reported that on September 28,2002, Salman drove his car over the pavement outside the American Express bakery in Bandra, killing one and injuring four. The trial of the same bagan in 2006.
The actor was excempted from appearing in court on Wednesday with an application by his lawyer that he was busy with some assignments. Salman’s lawyers argued that there was no evidence to show that the actor had any intention of driving his car over the people.
The prosecution on the other hand said that the magistrate was right in enhancing the charges and pointed to evidence that Salman had knowledge that his act could cause an accident and kill people.
The medical report said that Salman had 60 mg of alcohol in his body, which was enough proof that he was drinking and driving, the prosecutor said.