Fresh trial of Salman’s hit-and-run case beings on March 26
A Mumbai sessions court has fixed March 26 as the date for the fresh trial of Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s long pending hit-and-run case on Tuesday here. The prosecution submitted a list of 17 witnesses who will be examined and cross-examined again.
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.
Salman in his petition said that all
the evidences produced before the court should be discarded as he is now
charged with more serious offense. The prosecution opposed the fresh trial,
saying it was a "stalling tactic."
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’.