In a topsy-turvy 2002 Mumbai hit-and-run case that succeeded to keep the Bollywood Dabangg on toe for thirteen long years, the verdict is finally out! A Mumbai Sessions Court held the actor guilty of all charges, sentencing him five years of jail term.
He has been convicted under Section 304(2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), i.e., culpable homicide not amounting to murder. As the court delivered the verdict, Salman had tears in his eyes and stood silently in the dock.
The prosecution had claimed that Khan's rash driving claimed the life of Nurullah Mehboob Sharif and injured Kalim Mohammed Pathan, Munna Malai Khan, Abdullah Rauf Shaikh and Muslim Shaikh.
The high profile case that paved the way through 28 witnesses, sustained enigma in the hearts of millions of fans like some typical high-tension drama film.
The social media reacted very strongly to the verdict and hailed the Indian judiciary...
Salman Khan sentenced to five years in jail http://t.co/gtwqrSqiLw. Salute Justice Deshpande for standing up to all pressures for truth.— S Gurumurthy (@sgurumurthy) May 6, 2015
#SalmanVerdict Hema Malini says her sympathy with Salman, but what about that man who lost his life and others who are injured ?— RaMkRiShNa (@rk1sports) May 6, 2015
So it's breaking news that the entire Khan family broke down in court. Have they shown the tears of the family he destroyed?#SalmanVerdict— Sourabh Malviya (@sourabh_sm) May 6, 2015
Sanjay Dutt is very happy today. He's expecting his friend to join him. #SalmanVerdict— Neha Pant (@NehaPantABP) May 6, 2015
1 day gap in announcing the sentence for Salman Khan is so that he can get a medical certificate to avoid jail time? #SalmanVerdict— Karan Bajaj (@Karanbajaj) May 6, 2015
#SalmanVerdict peoples thoughts are with the MURDERERS family? well my thoughts are with the family of the man he MURDERED— dayna (@allig4torsky_) May 6, 2015
The biggest victim here has been constable Patil who the system let down, the media & the junta forgot about. #SalmanVerdict— Chirag Wakaskar (@chiragwakaskar) May 6, 2015
Liar witness driver Ashok Singh should get min 20yrs prison coz nobody should lie in the court. #SalmanVerdict— Kamaal R Khan-KRK (@kamaalrkhan) May 6, 2015
Yes he is a star but he is also a citizen of a country whose court announced a verdict, separate the two please from here on #SalmanVerdict— Shivnath Thukral (@shivithukral) May 6, 2015
While the other star-struck section felt sorry for the superstar.
Aishwarya Rai's ability to take life decisions with the long term perspective in mind, is commendable. #SalmanVerdict— Jignesh Bapna (@bapnajignesh) May 6, 2015
at least the judge cares about Indian cinema #SalmanVerdict— Being_VirginKhan (@Lallu_IsKing1) May 6, 2015
Mukesh ambani's son drinks and drives, kills 2, nobody comes to know. Justice should remain equal for all. #SalmanVerdict— CA Richa Jain (@CA_Richa07) May 6, 2015