MUMBAI: Bollywood star Salman Khan was today acquitted of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case by the Bombay High Court which set aside the sessions court's May order sentencing him to a five-year imprisonment. Following is the chronology of events.
September 28: Salman Khan's white Toyata Land Cruiser crashes into the pavements near American Express Bakery at Hill Road at Bandra, killing one person and injuring four others. Salman’s blood samples taken. He is arrested by Bandra police station, granted bail Salman booked under provisions of IPC, Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949
October 2002: Mumcbai Police invoke section 302-II of IPC, which is culpable homicide not amounting to murder which attracts a punishment of jail term of 10 years.
October 7 – Salman Khan surrenders before Bandra police station.
October 21 – Mumbai Police files chargesheet in Bandra magistrate court.
October 24 – Salman Khan granted bail.
March – Salman Khan challenges application of 302-II in Mumbai Sessions court.
May – Sessions court rejects the plea, asks Magistrate court to frame charges.
June – Salman Khan moves Bombay High Court, which opines that section 302-II not application in the case.
October – Maharashtra Government challenges Bombay HC order in Supreme Court.
December – SC rules that the magistrate court may decide whether 302-II could be applied.
October – Magistrate court frame charges against Salman Khan.
May – Chemical analysis report suggests Salman Khan was drunk.
October 3 – Police bodyguard Ravindra Patil, who filed the first FIR dies of TB.
October – Prosecution demands Salman Khan must be tried under harsher sections.
March 25 – Prosecution closes evidence after examining 24 witnesses.
December 23 - Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate V S Patil slaps the charge of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ on the actor and referred the case to sessions court for trial as Magistrate's court does not have powers to try this offence.
November 24 – Sessions court starts retrial of Salman Khan.
March 27 – Salman Khan’s statement recorded under section 313 Cr.PC by Additional Sessions Judge D W Deshpande.
March 28 - Salman Khan's family driver Ashok Singh owns up responsibility of accident by giving testimony in trial court.
April 9 – Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat rests case.
April 20 – Defence counsel Shrikant Shivade rests case.
April 21 - Additional Sessions Judge D W Deshpande announces that it would pronounce verdict on May 6.
May 6 - Mumbai sessions court sentences Salman Khan to five years rigorous imprisonment, actor gets two day interim bail by Bombay High Court.
May 8 - Bombay High Court admits plea against conviction, posts hearing on June 15.
September 7- HC rejects paper book, orders it to be prepared afresh.
September 21- Justice A R Joshi commences daily hearing of Salman Khan appeal November 17 - Defence counsel Amit Desai wraps up its case.
November 30 - Court rejects defence plea to examine Kamaal Khan as court witness.
December 3 - Government pleader and chief public prosecutor Sandeep Shinde wraps up case.
December 4 - Judge A R Joshi posts appeal for dictation of verdict from December 7.
December 7 - Judge begins dictation of verdict.
December 10 - Salman acquitted of all charges in the case.