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Mumbai: Actor Salman Khan with his father Salim Khan and mother Sushila alias Salma before leaving for the court in Mumbai on May 6, 2015. (Photo: IANS)
Mumbai: Actor Salman Khan with his father Salim Khan and mother Sushila alias Salma before leaving for the court in Mumbai on May 6, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

Salman Saga: Hit and Run to Regret Ever After (Chronology)

Ever since September 2002, Salman Khan has been under duress for his ill-advised act of running away from an accident that many people do in India.

But here is a 13-year-old saga that should open the eyes of the wealthy and ill-advised youngsters rearing to go at wheels:


Timeline of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s 2002 hit-and-run case:

  • September 28, 2002: Around 2 a.m. Salman Khan’s Toyota Land Cruiser rams into a roadside bakery in Bandra West, close to his Galaxy Apartments seafront home. Five people sleeping are injured, one of whom later dies.
  • October 21, 2002: The Bandra police file charge-sheet, slapping Section 304 on Salman.

  • October 24, 2002: Salman arrested for the second time; secures bail from Sessions Court
  • March 2003: Salman challenges the application of Section 304 in the Sessions Court
  • May 2003: Court rejects Salman’s application and asks the magistrate court to frame charges under Section 304.
  • October 2003: State challenges in Supreme Court June 2003 Bombay High Court order that Section 304 is not applicable in this case
  • December 2003: In a breather for Salman, Supreme Court rules that the magistrate should, after perusal of all the evidence, decide whether to invoke harsher sections of IPC
  • October 2006: Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate Court frames charges against the actor under Section 304 of the IPC and other sections
  • May 2007: Chemical analysis report suggested that Salman was drunk at the time of the accident

  • March 2011: The prosecution seeks enhanced charges against Salman

  • December 2012: Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate Court rules that a case has been made out under Sec. 304 and commits the trial to the Sessions Court

  • March 2013: Salman files a revision application with the Sessions Court challenging lower court order

  • June 24, 2013: Sessions court rejects Salman’s application, paving the way for applying the stringent section

  • July 23, 2013: Sessions court frames charges against Salman invoking the enhanced charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder

  • December 2013: Mumbai Sessions Court orders a fresh trial against the actor and recording of fresh evidence from all witnesses who had also deposed before the Metropolitan Magistrate court.

  • April 2014: First witness Samba Gowda deposes in the re-trial, which continues before the Sessions Court with regular hearings.

  • March 25, 2015: Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat closed his case against Salman after examining 27 witnesses during the re-trial

  • April 20: Judge Deshpande sets date May 6, 2015 for verdict. Defence counsel Shrikant Shivade forcefully argues against prosecution charges and closes arguments.

  • May 6, 2015: Additional Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande pronounces Salman Khan guilty in 2002 hit-and-run case; sentences him to five years in jail.

Charges against Salman:

Indian Penal Code: Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) which attracts upto 10 years in prison; Section 279 (rash and negligent driving) which stipulates six months jail; Sections 337 & 338 (causing hurt by act endangering life & causing grievous hurt) with punishment upto two years; Section 427 (causing damage to property) with maximum punishment of upto two years

Motor Vehicles Act: Sections 34, 181 (driving vehicle in contravention of rules) and 185 (driving at great speed after consuming alcohol) with cancellation of driving license

Bombay Prohibition Act: Driving under influence of alcohol with maximum six months in jail.

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