After Sanjay Dutt, now Salman Khan to go to jail for 10 yrs?
Mumbai, June 24: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan must be tense today (Monday, June 24) as a session court in Mumbai is likely to deliver its verdict on the actor's plea in connection with Hit and Run case.
The actor may follow his Bollywood colleague -- Sanjay Dutt to jail as it was reported that Salman Khan may face 10-year-imprisonment if the court convicts the actor for culpable homicide not amounting to murder charge. [Update: Salman Khan cornered, plea rejected; 10-yr-imprisonment likely]
The actor had appealed against a magistrate's order for his retrial in the 2002 hit-and-run case under stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Salman Khan was earlier tried by a magistrate under lesser charge of causing death by negligence (Section 304A of IPC), that provides for a maximum punishment of two years in jail.
However, in a twist to the case, the metropolitan magistrate, after examining 17 witnesses, had brought forth the more serious charge of culpable homicide against the 47-year-old actor and transferred it to a sessions court for re-trial.
Advancing his argument against invoking the grave charge of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' under section 304 part II IPC, Salman's lawyer Ashok Mundargi had pleaded that the magistrate's order was "erroneous, bad in law and contrary to evidence on record."
The magistrate, he contended, had failed to appreciate that Salman Khan had neither the intention (to kill people) nor the knowledge that his rash and negligent driving would kill a person and cause injury to four others.
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt lately was sent to Pune's Yerwada Jail as he was convicted in arms act in connection with Bombay blasts 1993 case. Of the total term of five years, Dutt has already served 18 months in jail two decades ago and the Supreme Court, in its order of March 21, asked him to serve another 42 months.