WEB DESK: The Mumbai High Court today suspended the five year sentence of Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case.
According to the Times of India, the actor has been released on bail while he files an appeal against the final verdict. The next hearing will be held in July.
An Indian court on Wednesday handed down a five-year jail sentence to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, for killing a homeless man in a September 2002 hit-and-run incident. The Superstar was driving under the influence of alcohol when his car crushed five men, in which one died.
Salman Khan is the second Bollywood star which has been tried in court this year. Sanjay Dutt, Bollywood heartthrob is currently behind the bars for possessing weapons linked to the Mumbai 1993 bombings.
Khan’s case has been making the waves where two camps of protestors have sprung all over Mumbai. The first maintains that the actor should be tried according to the law and the constitution should reign supreme.
The other consists of Khan’s fan who are lobbying for his release.
Outside the courtroom where Khan’s case was being heard a fan poisoned himself, Indian news media reported. The 32 year old fan has been rushed to a hospital and is now in stable condition.
After Khan was released on bail his fans flocked outside his residence, and cheered and welcomed the decision.
Khan’s Defence lawyers claim that there was no drunk driving. Khan is being targeted for being a super star, his lawyer stated to the media.
Meanwhile Salman Khan has been forbidden by the court to leave India, reported the Times of India.
Bombay HC suspends Bollywood star Salman Khan’s 5-yr jail term; fans celebrate outside his house.