What a week it has been for Salman Khan. This is how the events unfolded from 2002 to this week.
28 September 2002: Salman Khan’s Toyota Land Cruiser hit the stairs of a bakery in the Bandra area of Mumbai and runs over five homeless people sleeping, killing a homeless man (Noor Ullah Khan) and injuring four others. Salman Khan is arrested and granted bail. Singer Kamaal Khan, who is Salman’s cousin is not arrested. The star claims he was not behind the wheels.
24 October 2002: The actor is charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. He is rearrested but granted bail again from a Sessions Court.
May 2003: Court rejects his plea to drop culpable homicide charge.
June 2003: Bombay high court drops culpable homicide charge; actor is then tried for rash and negligent driving
4 October 2007: Prime witness (Ravindra Patil), a Mumbai Police Constable and Khan’s bodyguard dies. In his statement, he mentioned; “I asked Salman to drive slowly, but he didn’t listen.”
March 2011: The Prosecution pushes for more serious changes against Salman Khan.
December 2013: Fresh trial against the actor is ordered by the Mumbai Sessions Court.
25 March 2015: The star tells the court he was not drunk and his driver (Ashok Singh) was behind the wheels.
6 May 2015: Salman Khan is convicted and sentenced to five years in prison by the Sessions Court. The actor files an appeal for bail on the same day and hired the most expensive lawyer in India, Harish Salve before going to court. Within three hours after the hearing, the star is granted bail for 48 hours. Salman Khan was home (Galaxy Apartments in Bandra) by nightfall. A number of Bollywood stars have since met him.
9 May 2015: Bombay High Court suspends his five-year jail sentence. The court could hear his appeal in June or July. He has been asked to surrender his passport. This has triggered massive celebrations among his fans. There are reports that a fan, identified as Gourango Kundu, who is in his 30s, consumed a toxic substance while the hearing was on. He is currently being treated at a nearby Mumbai hospital and he is under constant surveillance.