Salman Khan: Court suspends Bollywood star’s sentence

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Salman Khan

Bombay High Court has suspended actor Salman Khan’s sentence pending appeal in the hit-and-run case. The actor has been asked to surrender before the trial court and furnish a bail bond of Rs 30,000.

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was earlier found guilty and subsequently sentenced to five years in jail, plus a fine of Rs.25,000, in the September 2002 accident case.

However, Justice A.M. Thipsay had granted him interim bail for two days on medical and other grounds on Wednesday, soon after his conviction and sentencing by a lower court.

The interim bail had come hours after Salman was found guilty and subsequently sentenced to five years in jail, plus a fine of Rs.25,000 by Additional Sessions Judge D. W. Deshpande, who had pronounced him guilty on all the prosecution charges, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder, rash and drunken driving, driving without a valid licence and other laws.

The ruling came in the 13-year old accident case when Salman’s Toyota Land Cruiser rammed into a bakery in Bandra west, in the early hours of September 28, 2002, killing one pavement dweller and injuring four others, a short distance from his sea-facing home in Galaxy Apartments.

Salman’s team of lawyers, including Salve and Shivade moved the high court and secured the interim relief.

Today was the final working day of the high court before it went for annual summer vacations till June 8.

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