A Mumbai court on Monday ruled that actor Salman Khan will be tried for the 2002 hit-and-run case.
The actor will be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and has been given a month's time to appear before the court. If proven guilty Salman might face a jail term up to 10 years.
A majority of industry insiders feel that Salman is being targeted because of his celebrity status. His popularity as a star is a hindrance for his case.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt wants the law to treat Salman as a common man. Few insiders feel celebrities are soft targets.
But Salman's tryst with law has been going on for a long time and he had hit headlines many times for wrong reasons.
Hit-and-Run Case: In 2002, Salman Khan was accused of allegedly running over five people, killing one and injuring others on a Mumbai pavement in September 2002. He spent 17 days in jail. He clarified later that he was not driving.
The latest is that he will be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. If found guilty, the court can award can award Khan a maximum punishment of 10 years’ of imprisonment.
Blackbuck Case: In February 2006, Salman Khan was convicted under the Wildlife Act for poaching a Chinkara in Jodhpur during the shooting of film Hum Saath Saath Hain in September 1998. He was sentenced to one-year imprisonment and was slapped a fine of Rs. 5,000. Actor Saif Ali Khan too, was accused of the hunting.
Salman-Somy: In 1993, Somy Ali came to Mumbai from US. With Salman’s help, she made her debut in Anth (1993). The two came close but eventually broke up in 1998 due to Salman’s excessive drinking and abusive behaviour. There were even rumours of Salman smashing a Cola bottle on the former's head while they were dating in the 90s but Somy denied in a recent interview.
Salman-Aishwarya: Salman and Aishwarya Rai (now Bachchan) began their romance in 1999 while they were shooting for 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam'. In 2002 they ended their relationship on a turbulent note. Aishwarya accused Salman of abusing her. Reports claimed that Salman, unable to accept the breakup, had started harassing and hounding and even threatening Aishwarya. He apparently even slapped a journalist once for asking him questions about Aishwarya.
Salman-Katrina: Katrina Kaif met Salman in 2003 when she was still a struggling model. Salman mentored her and got her several plum film projects and were in a relationship for a long time. It is believed that Khan's over-possessive nature was the reason behind their break-up. They two supposedly split in 2008 but have continued to remain friends, appear at events and star in films together.
Khan versus Khan: In 2008 two best friends, Salman and Shah Rukh Khan, had a heated argument resulting in a physical fight at Salman’s then girlfriend and actor Katrina Kaif’s birthday party. Things went ugly and they became sworn enemies. Ever since, the two actors have constantly been taking digs at each other, adding more fuel to the fire.
Vivek Oberoi: Actor Vivek Oberoi ruffled feathers in 2003 with his claim at a press conference that Salman had abused him and threatened to kill him as Vivek was close to Salman’s ex-girlfriend, Aishwarya Rai.