Former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve immediately moved the Bombay High Court for bail and a stay on his conviction after Mumbai Sessions Court convicted Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case and sentenced him to 5 years rigorous imprisonment on Wednesday.
Salve argued in the court that no one can be put in jail without proper order. So far, Salman's lawyer has only recieved operative part of the court order, not the full order. Bombay HC then subsequently granted 2 days' interim bail to the superstar.
The actor will now be taken to the court on Friday.
Immediately after the sessions court judge DW Dedshpande handed down the punishment at 1.30 pm, the actor was taken into custody.
Salman was given a copy of the judgement following which his lawyer quickly moved the High Court in appeal.
The 49-year-old actor was convicted of culpable homicide for ramming a roadside backery with his Toyota Land Cruiser and, in the process, killing one person and wounding four others sleeping on the pavement outside.
He was also pronounced guilty of driving without a licence for which he received two months jail term. The actor was also found guilty of driving under the influence of liquor. Salman, known for his macho onscreen avatar, was in tears when Judge Deshpande pronounced the verdict.
"All charges have been proved against you...What you have to say?" the judge asked Salman who was in the dock.
"I hold that you were driving the vehicle. You were intoxicated. I also do not agree with your plea that the person who had died had received fatal injuries after a crane dropped the car on the persons underneath while removing it," the judge said, rejecting the defence's claim that the actor's driver Ashok Singh was at the wheel when the accident took place.