Mumbai: Filmmaker Kaizad Gustad was today
sentenced to one month jail by a local court in connection
with the death of his assistant British national Nadia Khan on
a railway track six years ago.
A Mumbai Central Railway court found Gustad guilty under
section 304-A of the IPC for causing death due to rash and
negligent act and sentenced him to a month in jail.
He was also slapped with a fine of Rs 75,000. However, it
does not mean that the director will go behind bars any time
soon. He will be out on bail with an opportunity to appeal
against the sentence in a higher court.
Nadia (26) was helping Gustad on the sets of a film shoot
when she was run over by a suburban train at Mahalaxmi station
Initially, Gustad was booked on the serious charge of
culpable homicide not amounting to murder and even spent time
behind bars before getting bail from the Bombay High Court.
The original charges against him carried the maximum
penalty of ten years behind bars but Gustad won a major
reprieve in January 2009 when a court held that he should only
be tried for a "rash and negligent act".