MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Salman Khan will be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the 2002 hit-and-run case, a Mumbai court ruled on Monday, rejecting an appeal filed by the actor If convicted for this charge, Salman, who was not in court, faces a 10-year jail term, Indian media reported.
The 47-year-old actor was earlier being tried for rash and negligent driving, which carries a maximum sentence of two years.
However, in January, the court handling his case accepted that the police had provided evidence that merits trying the actor for culpable homicide.
Salman Khan had in March appealed against a lower court’s order for his retrial in the case under the stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. In his petition, Salman Khan has called the magistrate’s order “bad in law” and “erroneous”.
One person was killed and four others were injured when an SUV ran over a group of people sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002.