Eyewitnesses to identify Salman Khan in court today
Bollywood actor Salman Khan is expected to appear before the court today in connection to hit-and-run case. The retrial of the case begins and in today’s hearing, eyewitnesses are expected to depose before the court and identify the man who rammed through the shop and run over the people sleeping on the pavement of the road. If the actor is found guilty then he would face a jail term of 10 years.
The case against him changed from ‘rash and negligent driving’ to a serious offense ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ which carries a jail term of 10 years and for which Salman Khan has asked for a fresh trial. The court said that all the witnesses and the evidences will be re-examined.
The case dates back to September 28, 2002 when Salman Khan’s Toyota Land cruiser drove over five people who were sleeping on the footpath near Hill road in Bandra. In this accident, one lost his life and four others were severely injured.
After the accident, Salman Khan drove away in his car and appeared for surrender after eight hours. Eye witnesses said that it was Salman who was driving the vehicle though Salman denies the allegation. Since, he surrendered after eight hours, he and his family maintain the incident as accident though police reported it as hit and run case. Medical report further revealed that Salman was under the influence of alcohol when the incident took place.
Earlier Salman was tried for a lesser case of negligent and rash driving which attracted a sentence of two years. He never faced the punishment.
Way back in 1998, Salman Khan spent three days in prison for killing a black buck, an endangered species of deer, in Rajasthan during the shooting of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’.