Hit-and-run case: Fresh trial against Salman begins today

In the 2002 hit and run case of Salman Khan, a Mumbai court will begin a fresh trial on Monday. On 5th December, the court had ordered a fresh trial of the case. While ordering a fresh trial, the Sessions court judge, D W Deshpande said that all the witnesses will be examined and cross examined during the period of trial. He also said that the trial will be put on a fast track mode. On Monday, the prosecution might also present a new list of witnesses and evidences.

Before the fresh trial, Salman Khan was tried for with the charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The charge attracts ten years of imprisonment. Salman Khan had pleaded not guilty against the charges.

Earlier the Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate court was running the trial for lesser charges on the actor which included rash and negligent act causing death under section 304 A of IPC. The charges on this case attract two years of imprisonment. After this, the July 24 order came as a major blow for the actor as he was tried for a severe charge.

The case of Salman Khan dates back to September 28, 2002. In the wee hours of the morning, Salman Khan’s Land Cruiser drove over people sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in the suburban Bandra. In the accident, one person was killed and four others were injured. The vehicle was allegedly driven by Salman Khan. Salman Khan fled from the location and later surrendered in a police station.

The trial of the case began on 2nd September, 2005. Only one witness out of 39 witnesses turned up in the court.

In 2006, a local court framed as many as 10 charges on the actor.

Later an NGO also demanded that their lawyer must be allowed from the prosecution side. Their lawyer demanded that Salman Khan must be asked to be present for all the trials. But looking at his film schedules, he was given some relaxation. Salman Khan then launched a website informing the general public about his court cases. He didn’t want his fans to be misinformed about his cases.

Currently Salman Khan is busy with the promotions of his forthcoming movie ‘Jai Ho’. The movie will release on 24th January. The movie is directed by Salman’s brother, Sohail Khan.