The Bombay High Court has suspended Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s sentence, which also means that he will not have to go to jail. The appeal will continue and Salman will now have to apply for fresh bail, after which he is a free man – for the time being atleast.
However, the Bombay High Court judge made a couple of important points, which could result in revoking the serious ‘culpable homicide’ charge.
High Court judge Abhay Thipsay, while handing out a suspended sentence for Salman Khan said
1. There is no likelihood of Salman Khan absconding, therefore it was proper to suspend his sentence pending appeal.
2. This was the first case where culpable homicide or section 304 (2) was invoked in an accident case
The second point is important, because if the charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder or section 304 (2) is revoked, he could then be tried under Section 304 A, which is ‘causing death by negligence’, that carries a maximum punishment of two years.
The other point to be noted is, Salman’s conviction has not been overturned. The case will be heard again when a fresh appeal is filed after the court resumes on June 15. The court will then allow Salman to file a fresh appeal in the case which may be heard by July. The case might then take a few months or maybe even years.
For now, it can be safely said that Salman is free till June 15 and he can resume the shooting of his upcoming film ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’.