Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan has been sentenced 5 years jail for killing a homeless man on footpath. Salman was drunk while driving and also didn’t have his license. He crashed his car into a footpath outside a bakery in Bandra. Laborers were sleeping on the footpath and got hit by his car. Several were injured while one of them died.
Judge Deshpande told the court that after considering the arguments of both side he has concluded that five years is a proper punishment.
Khan has been denying hitting the people. He claims that his driver was behind the wheel. But it looks like Deshpande has found him guilty. When the verdict was announced, the actor looked shocked and exhausted and sank down into the chair.
He ran away from the scene after injuring several people and killing others. Even though, his co-stars show him support. Arjun Kapoor has tweeted that, Salman didn’t deserve this at any level, no matter what anyone or any court has to say. However, the victim’s wife was glad for getting justice after such a long trial of hardships.
The trial began last year after many court hearing since 2002 when the incident took place. The witnesses including the survivors of crash have testified that Salman Khan was driving the car when he hit the people and ran away. One of them said that he was so drunk that he couldn’t even stand up.
In March Khan told the court that his driver was to blame for the accident because he was behind the wheel. Last month the driver also testified that he was responsible for the accident. It happened when the front left tyre burst making it difficult to control the car and it hit the homeless sleeping on footpath. However, Salman has been found guilty of all charges by the judge. His crimes also include driving while he was drunk and not having a license. He is going to apply for bail to the high court.
Khan’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade says that Khan was not mentally well while the accident took place and he has also given to charity. But the prosecutor says that fines are not enough and the judgment should be an eye opener for everyone else.
Khan is the son of a well reputed Salim Khan. He started his career in 1980’s with the film “Mene Pyar Kia”. Since then he has acted in more than 100 films and shows.