Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in jail for killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit and run driving incident in Mumbai. The man was among five people who were run over in the incident. The actor was charged with culpable homicide.
Earlier, Salman Khan had stated that his driver, Ashok Singh was behind the wheel, but the judge said it was Salman Khan, who was driving the car and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Ashok Singh in March 2015 had told the court that he was driving the actor’s Toyota Land Cruiser on the night of September 28, 2002.
However, the prosecution is likely to file charges against Ashok Singh, for making a false statement in court.
As we all know Salman Khan has been convicted and is set to serve five years of rigorous imprisonment, but he is not the first star to be involved in a hit and run case, but surely the first to be convicted for such offence.
The very first similar case was reported in 1993 involving Raaj Kumar’s son Puru Raajkumar.
Though there is a striking similarity between Salman Khan and Puru’s hit and run case, verdicts, on the other hand, remained completely different in both the cases.
Puru, in drunken state, was the first Bollywood actor who rammed his car over the people sleeping on the pavement in Mumbai, killing two, injuring two and crippling one. Khan, similarly, in a drunken state rammed his SUV on the pavement of Bakery in Bandra, killing one person and injuring four others.
Interestingly, Puru was just asked to pay a sum of rupees One Lac and neither was he jailed nor he is facing any homicide charges.
Having said this, I am not here to say that what Salman Khan did was right or the verdict against him unfair. I am just confused and would like to seek clarity on this one.