Salman Khan – Hit on the Road 2002 – Effective 2013
Bollywood star Salman Khan has been charged with culpable homicide by a court in the Indian city of Mumbai for a hit-and-run incident 10 years ago.
Khan is one of Bollywood’s biggest stars and has starred in more than 80 Hindi-language films, including Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aap Ke Hain Kaun.
If the actor is found guilty he will face a jail sentence of 10 years. The trial will begin on 19 August.
In September 2002, he allegedly drove his car into a bakery in Mumbai, killing a man sleeping on the street. So far, he has been tried for the lesser offense of “death caused by negligence”.
Salman Khan is one of India’s most bankable stars who has had five back-to-back hits since 2010
When his latest film Dabangg2 – sequel to a hugely successful film in 2010 – was released over Christmas, it was screened in more than 3,500 theatres and the cinemas were packed for days. But his fame has brought with it a long-held image of a larger-than-life macho superstar who lives dangerously.
Now, an Indian court has ruled that he should face the serious charge of culpable homicide for a hit-and-run incident in 2002. A trial for a lesser charge has rumbled on for many years – he denies the charges.
Despite these setbacks, his fan base remains loyal and the hits have kept coming.
“Now that the charges in the case have been framed, it is an important milestone and it is expected that now the trial court will not delay in conducting and concluding this trial. Needless to say that non-availability of witnesses causes advantage to the accused in all trials, for which the accused cannot be faulted. The prosecution as required by law has to establish its case beyond reasonable doubt and if any doubt is left out, the benefit is necessarily extended to the accused,” said Majeeb Memon, Lawyer.