Bollywood star Salman Khan was today acquitted of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case by the Bombay High Court which set aside the sessions court’s May order sentencing him to a five-year imprisonment. Following is the chronology of events.
September 28: Salman Khan’s white Toyota Land Cruiser crashes into the pavements near American Express Bakery at Hill Road at Bandra, killing one person and injuring four others.
Salman’s blood samples taken.
He is arrested by Bandra police station, granted bail
Salman booked under provisions of IPC, Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949
October 2002: Mumbai Police invoke section 302-II of IPC, which is culpable homicide not amounting to murder which attracts a punishment of jail term of 10 years.
October 7 – Salman Khan surrenders before Bandra police station.
October 21 – Mumbai Police files chargesheet in Bandra magistrate court.
October 24 – Salman Khan granted bail
March – Salman Khan challenges application of 302-II in Mumbai Sessions court
May – Sessions court rejects the plea, asks Magistrate court to frame charges
June – Salman Khan moves Bombay High Court, which opines that section 302-II not application in the case
October– Maharashtra Government challenges Bombay HC order in Supreme Court
December – SC rules that the magistrate court may decide whether 302-II could be applied.
October – Magistrate court frame charges against Salman Khan
May – Chemical analysis report suggests Salman Khan was drunk
October 3 – Police bodyguard Ravindra Patil, who filed the first FIR dies of TB
October – Prosecution demands Salman Khan must be tried under harsher sections
March 25 – Prosecution closes evidence after examining 24 witnesses
December 23 – Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate V S Patil slaps the charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ on the actor and referred the case to sessions court for trial as Magistrate’s court does not have powers to try this offence.
November 24 – Sessions court starts retrial of Salman Khan.
December 10 – Actor acquitted of all charges, State to move Supreme Court –