Salman Khan's hit-and-run case hearing postponed till April 29
The Mumbai Sessions court has yet again postponed the hearing of Salman Khan's hit-and-run case till April 29th. Previously, the hearing was postponed from March 25th to April 8th. A new application has been filed by the legal team of Salman Khan in a Mumbai sessions court regarding his 2002 hit and run case. This application has been filed challenging the reframing of the charges against the actor as culpable homicide.
In the early morning hours of September 28, 2002, a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by Khan smashed into a bakery in the suburban Bandra region, killing one and injuring four others who were sleeping on the pavement.
The actor was charged under culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304, Part 11 under the Indian Penal Code), but he challenged this ruling saying that it was not his intention to kill anyone. The Bombay High Court directed that charges be framed against him under Section 304 A of Indian Penal Code. Accordingly, charges were framed against him under sections 304 A of Indian Penal Code (rash and negligent driving), 279 (rash driving), 427 (negligence) and 337 and 338 (causing minor and major injuries respectively).
The trial had started in 2005 in the magistrate court and 17 witnesses were examined.
On October 2012, Khan had filed an application to sell his Toyota Land Cruiser which was involved in the incident. However, the court rejected his plea because the car is evidence in an ongoing trial.
Earlier this year, the police again appealed to upgrade the charges against Salman to culpable homicide not amounting to murder. After examining the witnesses, two of whom turned hostile, the Magistrate court allowed to change the charges against the actor. If convicted, there will be a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment. The case can be tried in the Sessions court.
The legal team of Khan has challenged this change in charges. The matter will be argued today in the Sessions court in front of judge U. B. Hejib and the issue settled before the trial of the main case can begin. The actor will not have to appear in person till the issue is decided. His legal team will argue the change in charges.
Lawyers of Khan stated that the order was "erroneous, bad in law and contrary to evidence on record." Salman did not have the intention to kill anyone. He also could not have had prior knowledge that his rash driving will end up killing one and injuring four others.