Retrial begins on Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case
Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s infamous Hit-and-Run case begins on Wednesday, March 26. Reportedly, a Mumbai court had earlier ordered the retrial in the case when serious charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was brought against the actor.
If convicted, the actor may face upto 10 years in jail.
All witnesses and evidence will be re-examined during the court trials. The actor earlier had moved the court seeking retrial seeking termination of the evidences which were produced before a Magistrate court.
In September 2002, Salman was allegedly driving a Toyota Land Cruiser which ran over a group of people sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra. One person was killed and four people were injured in the accident.
Salman Khan was arrested, on 28th September, 2002, for rash and negligent driving.
Salman’s lawyer, Srikant Shivade, had said that the defence did not get the opportunity in the magistrate’s court to cross-examine witnesses in the additional charge of culpable homicide.
The case has moved from one court to another with arguments involving whether the actor was actually driving the car that day or not. The Mumbai police reportedly say they have enough evidence against him.
According to reports, a chemical analyst who tested his blood after the accident told the trial court that Salman was under the influence of alcohol while driving when he rammed into the bakery. The victims also claimed that they had seen the actor in the driver’s seat after the accident.
Incidentally, in 1998, Salman Khan spent three days in prison for killing black buck, an endangered species of deer, in Rajasthan. The actor’s appeals in the poaching cases are currently pending in the Rajasthan courts.
The 48-year-old actor is one of Bollywood’s biggest attractions and has starred in some of its highest-grossing films in the past five years. He was last seen in January’s ‘Jai Ho’, co-starring debutante Daisy Shah. He will next make a brief appearance in ‘O Teri’, scheduled to release this Friday.
Salman is known as an actor, producer, television anchor, and philanthropist. He began his acting career with ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’. But it was the lead role in his second film ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ that won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. Some of his commercially successful films are: ‘Saajan’ (1991), ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!’ (1994), ‘Karan Arjun’ (1995), ‘Biwi No.1’ (1999), and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ (1999).