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Convicted Salman Khan secures interim bail till May 8

MUMBAI: Securing interim bail from the Bombay High Court for two days after conviction in the 2002 hit-and-run case, Bollywood actor Salman Khan this evening came out of the Sessions Court and headed for his residence in suburban Bandra.

The 49-year-old superstar turned up at the Sessions Court at 11.15 am and remained there till 7.15 pm in court custody. A huge crowd, most of them Salman’s fans, had gathered since morning outside the court in South Mumbai. When he came out, many of them were seen running towards his car.

The actor, who occupied the front seat of the car, however, did not respond to the crowd which appeared cheerful to see Salman emerging from the court, and left for his home in Galaxy Apartments in Bandra, about 15km away. The High Court will hear Salman Khan’s appeal on May 8.

Earlier in the day, Sessions Judge DW Deshpande, who presided over the trial, sentenced the actor to five years rigorous imprisonment after holding him guilty of culpable homicide and other charges under IPC and other relevant Acts.

Significantly, the court held that Salman was driving under the influence of alcohol and also did not have a driving license.

The court relied upon judgements in Alistair Pereira and Nikhil Nanda BMW case of Delhi while convicting Salman. It also asked what he had to say on the verdict to which he denied charges saying he was not driving the car at the time of mishap.

As the court delivered the verdict, Salman had tears in his eyes and stood silently in the dock.

After the conviction, his lawyer began arguments on quantum of punishment in the case. A tight security blanket was thrown around the court, where Salman’s family including brothers Arbaaz, Sohail and sister Arpita Khan had arrived early this morning ahead of the verdict.

One person was killed and four others were injured on the night of September 28, 2002 in suburban Bandra when Salman’s Toyota Land Cruiser rammed into a Bakery. The victims were sleeping on the pavement when the SUV ran over them.