In a major setback to Bollywood actor Salman Khan, a Magistrate’s court here Jan. 31 accepted the plea of the Maharashtra government that he should be tried under section 304 (II) of the Indian Penal Code (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) in his 2002 hit and run case.
At present, Khan, 47, is being tried under section 304 (I), (rash and negligent driving) which attracts maximum punishment of two years. Section 304 (II) attracts the maximum sentence of 10 years.
Following the Jan. 31 order, the magistrate committed the case to the Sessions court for trial, as the offense is serious.
“Salman would have to appear before the Sessions court on Feb. 11,” said his lawyer, Dipesh Mehta.
On Sept. 28, 2002, Salman’s Toyota Land Cruiser, allegedly being driven by him, rammed into a bakery in suburban Bandra, killing one and injuring four others who were sleeping on the pavement. The trial before the Bandra Magistrate’s court started in 2006.
Advocate Mehta also said that the actor would challenge the order in the High Court.