Salman Khan found guilty but what is culpable homicide?: Explained

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Mumbai, May 6: After almost 13 years of the incident, Salman Khan on Wednesday, May 6 has been found guilty in the infamous hit-and-run case.

A court in Mumbai convicted the Bollywood actor and said that the actor was driving the car under influence of alcohol on Sept 28, 2002. He has been held guilty of running over people sleeping on the pavement with his SUV.

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The 49-year-old actor has been convicted under culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

What is culpable homicide?

In various jurisdiction within Commonwealth of Nations, a law which involves the killing of a person with or without an intention to kill the person is known as culpable homicide.

In India, culpable homicide means an offence causing death either with or without intention.

Section 299 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 'Culpable homicide' has been defined as "Whoever causes death by doing an act with the intention of causing death, or with the intention of causing such bodily injury as is likely to cause death, or with the knowledge that he is likely by such act to cause death, commits the offence of culpable homicide."

Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 'Culpable homicide not amounting to murder' has been defined as an offence which does not come within the IPC definition of "murder". However, it is a non bailable charge.

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What are other charges against Salman Khan?

  • Section 304: Culpable homicide not amounting to murder
  • Section 279: Rash and negligent driving
  • Section 337 and 338: causing hurt by act endangering life and causing grievous hurt by respectively.
  • Section 427: mischief causing damage to property.
  • Motor Vehicle Act: Sec 34 (a)(b) read with 181 (driving vehicle in contravention of rules) and 185 (driving at great speed after consuming alcohol)
  • Bombay Prohibition Act: Driving under influence of alcohol

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