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Friday, 08 May 2015 - 13:16
Salman Khan Won't Go to Jail for Now


Salman Khan's sentence of five years in jail has been suspended by the Bombay High Court pending appeal. That means he will not go to jail today and will continue to be out on bail while his appeal against the lower court's order is heard by the High Court.

  • The trial court had on Wednesday found Salman Khan guilty of drunkenly driving over a group of men sleeping on a pavement, killing one. It had sentenced him to five years in prison for culpable homicide.
  • The actor had been exempted from appearing in court today. He had broken down in the session’s court on Wednesday when the trial court sentenced him.
  • The 49-year-old actor had the same day moved the Bombay High Court, which had granted him interim or temporary bail till today.
  • Salman Khan's appeals are being argued in the High Court by senior lawyers Amit Desai and Shrikant Shivade. Today is the final working day of the High Court before it begins annual summer vacations till June 8.
  • People protested outside the court, some in support of the actor, others holding up placards that said, "We are the city, we are not dogs," a reference to tweets by Bollywood singer Abhijit and other members of the film fraternity that caused outrage.
  • On Wednesday, Additional Sessions Judge DW Deshpande held Salman Khan guilty on all the prosecution's seven charges, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder, rash and drunken driving and driving without a valid licence.
  • In a 240-page judgment, Judge Deshpande has said, "I find that it is established beyond reasonable doubt by prosecution that accused was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident," rejecting the actor's submission that his driver Ashok Singh was driving.
  • He has also observed that Salman Khan "did not wait for police on the spot... Instead of visiting police station, the accused went to his house and till 10.30 a.m. he hid himself... If really the accused did not commit any wrong, he could have visited the police station immediately. "
  • The judge has rebuked Salman Khan for not taking "any positive steps by visiting hospital to see the injured and provide medical aid to them" and said that the "well known cine actor" knew he must not drive without a license and after consuming liquor.
  • In the early hours of September 28, 2002, Salman's Toyota Land Cruiser ran over a group of men sleeping on the pavement in front of a bakery not far from the actor's sea-facing home in Galaxy Apartments in upscale Bandra (West). One man died, four were injured.
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