Live: HC grants interim bail to Salman Khan, complaint filed against Abhijeet

Piyasree Dasgupta

May 06, 2015 21:24:44 IST

Live: HC grants interim bail to Salman Khan, complaint filed against Abhijeet



  • Complaint filed against singer Abhijeet for tweets about Salman Khan

    A written complaint was today filed against Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya for his controversial comments regarding the court's verdict which held Salman Khan guilty in the 2002 hit-and-run case.

    A city based activist Suraj Soni submitted the written complaint to Jhotwara police station seeking FIR against the singer for his comments.

    However, the police has not registered any FIR yet.

    "We have not registered any FIR so far and has kept the complaint for a probe," Station House Officer of Jhotwara police station Shiv Kumar Bharadwaj told PTI.

    The complainant said that the singer has hurt sentiments of the people with his comments and legal action against him was necessary, police said.

  • After 8 hours in court, Salman Khan finally leaves court

    Actor Salman Khan, who was sentenced to five years in prison by the Mumbai's sessions court, has finally left the court premises after 8 hours. 

    As his car drove out of the gates, a sea of photographers and fans followed. The actor was acompanied by his sisters Alvira and Arpita. His brother Sohail was also by his side. 

    While Salman was supposed to be taken to the Arthur Road jail today, he got relief when the Bombay High Court granted him 2 days of interim bail. 

  • Bombay HC gives two days interim bail to Salman Khan in 2002-hit-and-run case

    Now reports suggest that Salman Khan has been given interim bail for two days by the Bombay High Court. 

    The next bail hearing is on 8 May. 

  • What another 2002-hit-and-run case victim has to say on the verdict

  • What another 2002-hit-and-run case victim has to say on the verdict

  • Salman Khan's lawyers move Bombay HC seeking bail

    Salman Khan's lawyers have moved the Bombay HC seeking bail in the 2002-hit-and-run case. According to NDTV reports senior lawyer Harish Salve will argue for the actor. 

    The hearing of his plea has been postponed to 4.30 pm.

  • Salman a nice person, but cannot contradict court verdict, says Hema Malini

    Bollywood actress and Lok Sabha MP Hema Malini reacted to Salman Khan's conviction saying, "He is a wonderful person, this verdict will sadden his fans, but we cannot contradict the court's verdict."

  • Conviction doesn't matter, I need compensation, says 2002-hit-and-run victim

    One of the victims of the 2002-hit-and-run case tells CNN-IBN "God has punished him. But what will we do with a punishment? I need compensation." 

  • Now Karan Johar, Sushmita Sen tweet in support of Salman Khan

    And if Abhijit's Twitter rant wasn't enough, now "emotional" Karan Johar has tweeted showing support for Salman Khan. Meanwhile Sushmita Sen says, "There is an enormous difference between being a criminal and being human." We would like to suggest two other kinds of people to Sen: ones who get drunk and run over people and ones who don't. The first should be in jail.

  • Salman's lawyer reaches HC to seek bail, hearing likely at 4 pm

    And even as Bollywood cries over Salman Khan's verdict, his sister and lawyer have reached the Bombay High Court to move a bail application. They will approach Justice Thipsay according to ANI reports.

    Meanwhile Times Now reports that the HC is to hear Salman's bail plea at 4 pm.

  • Hum saath saath hai, Bollywood seems to be singing to Khan

    After the pure stupid gold spouted by Farah Khan Ali and singer Abhijeet, came the ones who said, 'he's guilty, but, poor thing'. 

    "It hurts when your own are punished, even if they are in the wrong. We love you and are standing by you," Alia Bhatt announced on Twitter. Do you want to go 'awww'? Hold your affections, there's more in store.

    Arjun Kapoor tweeted, "It doesn't matter what anyone or any court says he doesn't deserve this at any level...will stand by @BeingSalmanKhan no matter what..."

    And then Parineeti Chopra exhorted the judge to see the beauty that Salman Khan is, as a human being is. Thank god, the judge pronounced his judgement before this came along, he may have just died from shock. "Hurts to think what could happen. We will always be with you. Hope the judge sees the beauty of the human being that Salman Khan is," were Parineeti Chopra's exact words. 

    Can you hear 'Hum Saath Saath Hai', playing in the background. Hell, yeah!

  • Salman Khan sentenced. Bollywood reacts. Sajid Khan films pronounced intelligent. 

    Who knew such horror was in the offing. I mean, really! If your brains haven't melted and your eyes haven't burnt out, you are right in expecting a call from the Avengers, asking you to join their team. 

    The brilliant Bollywod reaction brigade was led by Farah Khan Ali. Farah, who? Jewellery designer to the stars, Susanne Khan's sister and DJ Aqueel's wife. Now, what did she say? Okay, the right question would be, what did she not?

    First she said, "The govt should be responsible for housing ppl.If no 1was sleeping on d road in any other country Salman wuld not have driven over anybody."

    Then, when the government had just started to say WTF aloud, she said, "It's like penalising a train driver because someone decided to cross the tracks and got killed in the bargain. #salmankhancase

    And then, oh my god, a desi Mary Antoinette just jumped out of Twitter at you. "No one should be sleeping on the road or footpath. It is dangerous to do that just like it is dangerous to cross tracks."

    Have you just cramped your jaw because it hung open for too long, in shock? Okay, there's more. So brace for it. 

    To keep the gender balance right, singer Abhijeet jumped in, making sure Farah Khan Ali was not the only one looking like a twit. 

    He said, "Kutta rd pe soyega kutte ki maut marega, roads garib ke baap ki nahi hai I ws homles an year nvr slept on rd @BeingSalmanKhan @sonakshisinha".

    *Moment of silence as you find ways to douse the fire in your head. We suggest, cold water and reporting the singer as a spam bot*

    Now, we begin again. Here's what all he said later.

    "Mumbai ke road Aur footpath pe sone ka shauk hai ?? Y not at your village no vehicles to kill u.. Support @BeingSalmanKhan @sonakshisinha"

    "Suicide is crime so is sleeping on footpath..80% homeles film ppl strugld achievd stardom but never slept on footpath," he concludes. 

    Phew. Did you ever accuse Sajid Khan films of being dumbest thing on the earth? Retract your statement, now!

  • No one's above law, says prosecution lawyer Abha Singh

    Speaking to the media, prosecution lawyer Abha Singh said that the day's verdict proves that no one is above law. She added that the court concluded that Khan was really driving the car. Another prosecution lawyer, Pradeep Gharat, said, "We tried our best to bring the truth to light. We wanted the accused to get maximum punishment so that no one dares to repeat a crime like that."

  • Now, Salman Khan breaks down in court

    Reports say that thought Salman Khan didn't react immediately, as the verdict came, he broke down in court soon after. Also, Khan will not be able to move a bail application in the sessions court because if they announce a sentence for a period longer than three years, granting bail in the case no more lies in their jurisdiction. 

  • Salman Khan hears verdict, reportedly stays 'expressionless'

    According to a tweet from ANI, Khan kept his head lowered and showed no emotion as the judge read out the verdict. Khan will have to spend the night in jail, before he can move a bail application in the Bombay High Court tomorrow. Khan has also been fined Rs 500 for driving withut a licence. 

  • Salman Khan gets five years in jail in 2002 hit-and-run case

    The Mumbai sessions court and judge DW Deshpande has sentenced Salman Khan to five years in jail for the 2002 hit-and-run case. He will be taken into custody now and the police will decide which jail he will be placed in. Reports suggest that he may be taken to the Arthur Road jail tonight. Khan can appeal to the high court but not before he is taken to jail. The court has also ordered Khan to stop paying compensation to the victim's family. 

    Yes people, say hello to the new face of 'dabangg' - Judge Deshpande. 

  • Oops, Khan suffers from 'arteriovenus malformation in the setting of right trigeminal neuralgia'

    Now, we are not sure what that is and how the air inside the jail will worsen it, but that's what Salman Khan suffers from. His lawyers have submitted a certificate issued by a doctor to the court to plead for a light sentence. 

  • Salman Khan has 'brain ailment'! Critics fist pump and say, 'Knew it!'.

    Salman Khan's lawyers -- who would have blamed Voldemort for the accident if they could have, given how many outrageous stories they have cooked up till now -- has come up with yet another gem. And that is the fact that Salman Khan suffers from a 'brain ailment', which will aggravate if he has to spend time in jail. Like our entertainment editor Deepanjana Pal notes, anyone who has watched his films wouldn't argue against that one fact!

    In fact Firstpost's Arun George reports that the defence has submitted documents to bolster their claims. We suspect, the said 'documents' were scripts of Kick and Jai Ho!

    Jokes apart, logic seems to have gone for a toss in the defence lawyer's pleas for a light setence. Firstpost's Arun George reports that Khan has now asked for mercy, citing all the charities he runs. He has said that the charity work will be hit if he goes to jail. 

    Prior to this, the lawyers said that the star has funded 600 heart surgeries. He said, Khan should be given a reprieve based on that fact. 

    The prosecution, however, wants to make an example out of Khan. They have sought the maximum punishment for Khan. 

  • Salman Khan to be sentenced today at 1.10 pm

    Though initial reports suggested that the quantum of punishment will be announced tomorow, Firstpost's Arun George, who is present at the court reports that the sentence will be announced today at 1.10 pm. 

  • Court case takes Bollywood twist!

    Salman Khan's lawyers while making closing statements in court, claim that the actor suffers from a brain ailment that will worsen if he is sent to jail. Wait, what? This is the first we are hearing of Salman's alleged brain aliment.

  • Meanwhile, journalists and police clash in the court room

    Where there is Salman Khan, how can action be far behind? The high god of fist fighting forced out of action, the media and police took it upon themselves to add the necessary spice to the proceedings. As Khan's sisters got teary-eyed inside the courtroom and Sohail Khan almost picked up a fight outside, media personnel added to the show by clashing with the police. 

    According to ANI, the judge had to shut them up, in order to let the proceedings go on without too many hiccups. Salman Khan in the witness box - we are sure there were people dying to click pictures and pile on some Twitter love. The result? Chaos!

  • Oh, there's collateral damage too! Salman's driver, Eros International are the victims

    While falling Khan seems to have taken his associates down with him. First in line was Ashok Singh, Khan's driver who had sprung a surprise on the prosecution in the eleventh hour, claiming he was behind the accident. Now, perjury charges have been slapped on him.

    Eros International, producers of Khan's upcoming film 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', has taken a beating. The moment the verdict came out, the companies shares started falling. Shares of Eros International declined by over four percent to Rs 388. The trialer of the multi crore film was set for release on 22 May. Media reports had earlier said Eros awaiting the verdict to freeze their plans for the film's distribution. With the conviction of the star, there could be some hiccups in the release of the film.

  • Court falls back on Alistair Perera case to come up with Salman Khan judgement

    According to reports, the court fell back on the Alastair Perera hit-and-run case, where seven people died in 2002. Perera was sentenced to three years of imprisonment. 

    IBN Live reports, "In 2006, the 21-year-old had allegedly rammed his Toyota Corolla in the pavement at Bandra killing 15 sleeping labourers. He was found to be intoxicated at the time."

    Maybe, Salman Khan's lawyers can hope for a light sentence, considering the Perera case left seven people dead and yet he got away with three years of jail term. 

  • Sohail Khan leaves court, accompanied by Baba Siddiqui 

    Remember Baba Siddiqui, the Bandra MLA also known to choreograph rare Bollywood hugs? After all, he made Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan embrace, who would have even thought that it was possible, right? 

    Siddiqui was seen leaving the court with Salman Khan's brothers, helping him wade through a sea of media persons, pushing and shoving past them. He was accompanied by Arbaz Khan too. 

  • Salman has been human, lawyer seems to say, pleading for minimum sentence

    According to ANI, Salman Khan's lawyers have pleaded with the court that he be given a sentence of maximum two years, in consideration of the 'humanitarian work' that the star had undertaken in the past few years.

  • Here's an infographic on the charges slapped on Salman Khan

  • Quantum of punishment to be announced on Thursday

    According to reports, the quantum of punishment in the case will be announced tomorrow. He can face up to ten years of rigorous imprisonment. However, Khan can appeal to higher courts against this judgment. Reports suggest that the higher courts will not conduct fresh rounds of examination of the witnesses. They will go through the judgement given by the sessions court to decide. 

  • And trust Shobhaa De to come up with the most enlightening tweet on the development. Just after the judgement was out, De tweeted that things were not looking good for Salman Khan. Now how exactly can anything look good for a person who has just been convicted is beyond anyone's understanding. Maybe Ms De can explain? 

  • Yes, this happened! Court convicts Salman Khan under charges of culpable homicide

    Salman Khan has been convicted under the charges of culpable homicide, thirteen years after he is believed to have run over pavement dwellers killing one person. The judge told Salman Khan, "You were driving the car. You were under the influence of alcohol."

    In fact, he has been held guilty in all charges that were slapped against him. 

  • Salman Khan's one lucky man!

    While you may have no doubts about it anyway, but you may want to consider the quote of a man who was a witness in the case. According to ANI, who got to talk to Francis Fernandes, an eye-witness, he heard a loud bang and people crying 'bachao'! However, ANI follows it up with another tweet where Fernandes claims that he saw Salman Khan standing outside the car, and he can't be sure whether he was driving it. Now, that would corroborate the statement of his driver Ashok Singh, who claimed that Salman was in the car, but not driving it. Singh has claimed that he was the one who drove the car and run the people over. 

  • While Salman Khan has reached the Mumbai sessions court for his verdict, fans have been flocking to his residence to show their support. 

  • Public procecutor in the Salman Khan case has given a statement to the media ahead of the verdict. "Have tried our best. We have tried to bring the truth and placed all facts in front of the court. In coming hours court will pronounce it's verdict."

  • Superstar Salman Khan's younger sister Arpita Khan Sharma has extended thanks to her brother's die-hard fans for their relentless support, ahead of the verdict today in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving him. The 49-year-old actor is facing charges under IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which attracts maximum 10 years imprisonment. Judge D W Deshpande has summoned Salman to the sessions court at 11.15 AM when the verdict is expected to be delivered in the over 12-year-old case.     

    "Today is a big day for us & we know we are not alone. Thank you for your Dua's, love & support always. God bless!" tweeted Arpita, who recently got married to Aayush Sharma in a lavish ceremony hosted by Salman. PTI

  • Media waits patiently for Salman Khan's arrival outside the Mumbai sessions court.

  • Sohail Khan and Baba Siddique arrive at Mumbai sessions court for Salman Khan's verdict in the 2002 hit and run case. 

  • Watch Salman Khan say his goodbyes to his family and receive conciliatory back-pats from well wishers. Big day ahead for the actor. 

  • Salman Khan is reportedly going to enter the court from the back gate.

  • According to NDTV, Salman Khan being driven to court for verdict by man who says he was driving the night of 2002 accident.

  • Salman Khan leaves his residence with a convoy of four cars. He is accompanied by his sisters, Alvira and Arpita along with with his brother-in-law and bodyguard. He is expected to reach the sessions court in 30-40 mins.

  • As Salman Khan leaves his Bandra residence with his entourage, the media and fans are currently chasing his car down with their cameras in tow. 

  • Salman Khan leaves for Mumbai sessions court. 

  • Fans pray for a verdict in favour of Salman Khan. 

  •  Here is a detailed timeline of events in the Salman Khan hit-and-run case from 2002 to 2015. You can read it here.

  • Salman Khan will leave his residence shortly. He is expected in court at 11:15 am.

  • Salman Khan's sister Arpita Khan arrives at the actor's residence in Bandra.

  • Salman's family turns up at his residence ahead to actor leaving for court

    The actor's family is turning up at his residence to meet with him ahead of the verdict. Khan has been at his Bandra home since yesterday and could leave soon to meet with his lawyer, according to Times Now. 

  • So what to expect today

    The court has asked Salman Khan to be present in court at 11:15 am today. However, it's not just the verdict for the actor that will be pronounced. 

    The court would also pass order tomorrow on an application filed by activist Santosh Daundkar alleging that police had committed perjury (giving false evidence) by examining a wrong set of doctors and delaying the trial by three years.

A sessions court is all set to deliver its verdict on Wednesday in the hit-and-run case involving Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who is charged with killing one  person and injuring four by ramming his SUV into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra 13 years ago.

Police have geared up to provide tight security in the court to restrain the actor's fans from entering the premises with a view to avoiding overcrowding, sessions court sources said.

Only mediapersons, lawyers and the court staff would be allowed inside the court, the sources said.

Judge DW Deshpande had declared last month that he would pronounce the verdict on 6 May.

 Live: HC grants interim bail to Salman Khan, complaint filed against Abhijeet

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He also summoned the actor to remain present in the court at 11.15 AM on the day.

The prosecution and defence concluded arguments on 21 April in the trial which was conducted afresh after a Magistrate added the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and referred the case to the sessions court.

The culpable homicide offence, which provides for punishment upto 10 years, can be tried only by a sessions court and not by a magistrate. Earlier, the magistrate was trying Khan for rash and negligent driving, an offence under IPC which attracts punishment upto two years.

Khan, 49, pleaded he was not driving the car at the time of mishap and that his driver Ashok Singh was behind the wheel. This has been corroborated by Singh who appeared as defence witness.

However, prosecution led by Pradeep Gharat alleged that Khan was driving after consuming 'Bacardi Rum' in a bar. The actor, on the other hand, argued he was having a glass of water and not alcohol. While prosecution pleaded that there were three persons in the car -- Salman, his police bodyguard Ravindra Patil and singer friend Kamal Khan, the actor argued that there was a fourth person, the actor's driver Ashok Singh.

A court had in 2013 framed charges in a fresh trial against Khan for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.The prosecution examined 27 witnesses to prove its case.

Khan's lawyer Srikant Shivade argued that post-mortem report of the deceased suggested that he had received crushing injuries and it had been caused when a crane called by police could not lift the heavy SUV in one go and dropped it on the victims.

The defence lawyer argued that the mishap had occurred as the car crashed into a shop after its left tyre had burst. He also alleged that road was being repaired near the shop where the mishap occurred and stones were scattered at that place.

The prosecution said it was relying upon the statement given by Khan's police bodyguard Ravindra Patil to police saying he had warned the actor not to drive in a rash and negligent manner but he did not heed his advice.

Patil, who passed away during the trial, had also said that Khan was under the influence of liquor when he met with the accident. However, he has not said a word about Khan's claim that his driver Ashok Singh was behind the wheel.

Khan's lawyer argued that the evidence of Ravindra Patil, an eyewitness, should be discarded as he had passed away and was not available for cross examination.

On the other hand, the prosecution argued his evidence should be considered as he had seen Khan driving the car and was a key witness.

The defence lawyer also argued that the police hadn't obtained finger prints from the steering wheel to find out who was driving the car.

According to the prosecution, 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.

However, Khan claimed that he was not driving the Toyota Land Cruiser and it was his driver Ashok Singh who was behind the wheel. He said "Ravindra Patil was a liar and was sleeping in the car at the time of mishap."

The defence lawyer also disputed the prosecution's claim that it took 30 minutes for Khan to drive his car from J.W Marriot Hotel to the accident spot at a speed of 90 kms per hour after taking drinks on 28 September, 2002.

The lawyer argued that it would not take him 30 minutes because the distance between the two destinations is not much. It would take Khan only ten minutes, he said, adding that the prosecution's case was "false".

The prosecution also alleged that Khan was driving the car without a licence. It produced RTO records to show that the actor had procured a licence only in 2004, two years after the mishap.

The actor, however, pleaded that this was not the first licence obtained by him.

The court would also pass order tomorrow on an application filed by activist Santosh Daundkar alleging that police had committed perjury (giving false evidence) by examining a wrong set of doctors and delaying the trial by three years.

The application alleged that police had not examined a key witness -- Kamaal Khan, singer and friend of Khan -- who was in the car along with the actor at the relevant time.

Khan is facing charges under provisions of IPC, Motor Vehicles Act and Bombay Prohibition Act.

He is charged under IPC sections 304 part II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) which attracts upto 10 years in prison; 279 (rash and negligent driving) which stipulates six months jail; 337 & 338 (causing hurt by act endangering life and causing grievous hurt respectively) with punishment up to two years, and 427 (mischief causing damage to property) with maximum punishment of upto two years.

Under Motor Vehicle Act, the actor is charged with Sections 34 (a), (b) read with 181 (driving vehicle in contravention of rules) and 185 (driving at great speed after consuming alcohol).

Khan is also charged under sections of Bombay Prohibition Act relating to driving under influence of alcohol with maximum six months' jail.


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Updated Date: May 06, 2015 21:25:30 IST