The man with the biggest heart in Bollywood, Salman Khan was charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder by the court on Monday. If sources are to be believed, while the court was framing charges, he was in a serious mood and heard everything with rapt attention.
The 47-year-old superstar was accompanied to the court by his sisters Alvira Khan and Arpita Khan. Apart from Section 304 that is culpable homicide not amounting to murder of the Indian Penal Code, he was also charged under sections 279 which is for rash and negligent driving and sections 337 and 338 which come under causing grievous hurt. Salman did not plead guilty.
The incident which lead to these charges happened on the fateful night of September 28, 2002, where Salman Khan was allegedly under the influence of Alcohol and rammed his Land cruiser over the footpath outside a bakery in Bandra. The incident ended up in killing one innocent person and injuring four others who were all sleeping on the pavement outside the bakery.
Earlier, Salman tried for a lesser charge of only rash and negligent driving which carry a maximum imprisonment of two years. But a magistrate ruled out these charges and put the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. After these charges, Salman Khan again appealed against the harsher charges but a Mumbai court dismissed these the plea. As of now Salman is charged under sections 279, 337 and 338. If convicted under these charges he could face imprisonment up-to 10 years!