Additional Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande, in his judgment, said “all charges have been proved against the actor”.
“You were driving the car, without a licence and you were under the influence of alcohol,” the judge told Salman, who was present in the court. The actor’s pleading earlier that he was ot driving the car were rejected by the court.
On September 28, 2002, Salman Khan’s vehicle Toyoto Land Cruiser rammed into a roadside bakery in Bandra West, near his seafront home in Galaxy Apartments. Four persons sleeping on the pavement outside the bakery were injured. One of them later died.
Salman was arrested the same day by the Bandra police and given bail by a Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate’s court.
Soon after hearing the verdict, Salman Khan broke down in court. The social media fans supporting the actor were agogue with hashtags — #WeLoveYouSalmanKhan and #SalmanVerdict — which are trending on Twitter.
The 50-year-old actor is currently acting in two mega-budget films with Rs.300 crore at stake but that will not be a consideration for the court anyway.
When the judgement was pronounced by Judge DW Deshpande, there was a tight security around the court and only lawyers, media and court staff were allowed inside.
However, the actor will have an opportunity to appeal to Mumbai High Court after the final sentence on Thursday and the case may be delayed by some more time during which the actor can wrap u his films and prepare to face the outcome.