Today, curtain will close on actor Salman Khan’s prolonged hit and run case since 2002 with the court verdict coming out deciding whether he was guilty of the accident or not.
The verdict will follow the terms of sentence, if he is found guilty by the court today. Essentially, the last minute twist in the case whether he was driving or his driver will decide the fate of the actor and his forthcoming films and the producers who are betting on hundreds of crores on him.
The accident which took place in September 2002 left one pavement dweller killed and four injured and the case was dragged for over 13 years. The ‘Jai Ho’ here tried to pay a compensation of Rs19 lakhs to the victims’ families but it did not work out.
After the verdict, the the actor will have the option of going to the Mumbai high court and then the apex Supreme Court and further delay the proceeding by five or more years. It remains to be seen whether he gets bail or not.
This is the second most sensational case in India after Sanjay Dutt’s arms possession case under TADA dragged him into legal wrangles for over two decades before sending him finally to the Pune jail to serve a five-year tem last year.
Similarly, Salaman Khan case will drag for another five years at least and the contentious issue will be whether he gets bail during this period or not to finish his commitments to producers. His two forthcoming films include ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ may be delayed.
The case has been a testimony to what money can do in India as one major witness Kamal Khan was not even called to give his version as a key witness. Secondly, the driver came from nowhere at the last minute to own the responsibility and go to jail in a typical filmi manner.
The main witness Ravindra died of Tuberculosis in 2007 that turned tables in his favour in the case. Then his drvier Ashok taking on the burden has virtually relieved the actor from the case. Let us see what the court says today.