The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on the Rajasthan government’s appeal challenging a state high court order staying the conviction of film star Salman Khan so that he could travel to Britain for a film engagement.
An apex court bench of Justice S.J. Mukhopadhyay and Justice A.K. Goel reserved its order, saying that Salman Khan’s conviction could not be stayed merely because it comes in the way of his getting a British visa.
Otherwise, actor Salman Khan attended the final hearing in the Supreme Court today, with the all his fans and Bollywood industry keeping their fingers crossed on the final outcome as it involves hundreds of crores on his availability. If proved guilty, he would follow the footsteps of Sanjay Dutt to jail.
Salman Khan was arrested and sentenced to one year imprisonment for hunting an endangered species called Chinkara in February 2006. He has appealed to the Jaipur High Court in 2007 seeking a stay on his conviction by a trial court and the sentence was stayed. On April 2006, he had been remanded to Jodhpur jail.
Salman Khan was also arrested for rash and negligent driving in September, 2002 when his car had run over a group of people sleeping on a pavement in Bandra, killing one person and injuring four.
Almost 12 years later in October 2013, the case came up for record before the court after three eyewitnesses had testified and identified the actor. Salman Khan was allegedly seen by these two witnesses getting out of his car after the accident and one of them later lodged a complaint claiming that he had received a threatening call.
Samba Gowda, the witness also said he had drawn panchnama of the articles seized by police on the day of the incident and told prosecutor Jagannath Kenjalkar that a big car was involved in the accident and that police had reached the spot along with him.
He also said he saw the car had rammed into a laundry shop and its bumper had traces of the hit and broken glass pieces, number plate and bumper parts lying on the road. Salman Khan appeared before the court in June 2014 to record his version of the accident.
Though Khan had faced a lesser charge of rash and negligent driving, a fresh trial was ordered last December and the actor was charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder and if he is found guilty, he may face a jail term of up to 10 years.
In the black buck poaching case, about 10 witnesses have been produced in the court, where actresses Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu were also reportedly identified in the case that took place in Kankani village.