The actor who is finally convicted in the 2002 hit-and-run case wants the court to not give him special status when announcing verdict.
Salman had maintained even in his final statement that he was not behind the wheels when that fateful accident happened. However, the court maintained his guilt, so his lawyer tried to eke out a lesser punishment using Salman's medical condition. Salman disagrees with the same, and insists that he be punished like any normal citizen.
The defence lawyer had tried to use Salman's health issues and his involvement in various social causes for a lesser quantum. The lawyer is trying for maximum two years sentence for the actor. However, as the lawyer pleaded this, Salman was seen looking irritated and gestured him not to do so.
Meanwhile the prosecution has refuted the defence's claim by saying quantum should be based on seriousness of the offence, and shouldn't be based on charity work done by actor, like his Being Human cause. It seeks the maximum sentence for 10 years for the actor.
Salman had maintained his stance that he is willing to accept any sentence the court will rule for him, as they would in the case of a normal citizen. Meanwhile his lawyers are also working for arrangements to get him out of the jail as soon as possible, as well as pushing the case up to the High court.
The court was supposed to announce the sentence by 1.10 pm but it got delayed due to a power cut. Salman's family and his ardent fans, along with the entire film industry, will be waiting with bated breath as to how long will the jail sentence be.
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