Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case adjourned till April 8

The trial of Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case adjourned till April 8th as the witnesses failed to appear in the session court. The first three witnesses, the owner of dry-cleaning shop, while the other two are panch witnesses failed to appear in the court.

Prosecutor Jagannath Kenjalkar told the court that the laundry owner could not appear as he had been paralysed. One of the panch witnesses was not traceable and the other had gone to Bangalore. The judge D W Deshpande set April 8 as the next hearing of the case in which one of the injured will be questioned.

Salman Khan did not appear in the court as he has been permanently exempted from appearance. His lawyer Srikant Shivade was present in the court. Sessions judge D W Deshpande had ordered a fresh trial of the case. There are total 64 witnesses but as per public prosecutor all the witnesses will not be examined.

The prosecution had submitted documents such as death certificate of the person who was killed in the mishap and injury certificates of those who were injured in this case.

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’.