Almost 13 years after the hit-and-run case, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was pronounced guilty in the case today. Judge D W Deshpande on Wednesday sentenced the actor to five years in jail.
The court said the actor was driving the car under influence of alcohol on September 28, 2002. He has been held guilty of running over people, killing one person and injuring four by ramming his SUV into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra 13 years ago.
The actor was charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Khan had said his driver was behind the wheel, but the judge said the actor was driving the car and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Here are some details on what is culpable homicide:
In various jurisdictions within the Commonwealth of Nations, it is a specific offence which involves the illegal killing of a person either with or without an intention to kill depending upon how a particular jurisdiction has defined the offence.
In India, culpable homicide means an offence causing death either with or without intention.
Under Section 299 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 'Culpable homicide' has been defined as "Whoever causes death by doing an act with the intention of causing death, or with the intention of causing such bodily injury as is likely to cause death, or with the knowledge that he is likely by such act to cause death, commits the offence of culpable homicide."
Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 'Culpable homicide not amounting to murder' has been defined as an offence which does not come within the IPC definition of "murder". However, it is a non bailable charge.