MUMBAI: As proceedings commenced in a Mumbai sessions court on Wednesday, the judge announced a five-year sentence in Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case which found him guilty of culpable homicide.
With eight charges against Khan, including culpable homicide and a non-bailable offence, the court deemed him guilty and initial reports revealed that he could face up to ten years in prison when the final decision is announced later today, as reported by The Indian Express.
Awaiting the decision, Khan’s lawyers, according to India Today presented in court a medical certificate which revealed that he suffers from a heart condition.
Additional Sessions Judge DW Deshpande delivered the verdict and stated that ”You were driving the car.” He added that Salman was under the influence of alcohol and behind the wheels without a licence. He concluded that all charges stood proven.
Salman was questioned about what he had to say about the verdict, to which the actor remained silent, according to India Today.
As the verdict was revealed, one of the victim’s in the case–Abdullah Shaikh– said that punishing Salman would be of no use when he spoke to NDTV.
“We want compensation but don’t want him (Salman Khan) punished. Even if he gets some punishment, it won’t give back our 13 years,” said Shaikh, who lost his leg.
Twitterati revealed that Salman had tears in his eyes as the judge announced the verdict.