Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case hearing on September 5

In 2002 hit-and-run case, Salman Khan is being tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and the next hearing of the case against the superstar is on September 5. Salman Khan last appeared in court on July 24th, 2013 and during that hearing, court exempted the actor to appear in court in every hearing as the case may run long. If the actor is found guilty then he would face a jail term of 10 years.

Salman Khan’s case will now be heard by different judge. Salman Khan appeared in court on July 24, 2013 and he was accompanied by his two sisters Arpita and Alvira. The actor appeared serious but when the hearing started the judge declared that in the morning he received his transfer letter and now Salman Khan's case will be heard by different judge.

The case dates back to September 28, 2002. 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. But last month sessions court judge UB Hejib pointed out that under IPC, Salman will face serious charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and would face trial for the same.

Salman’s lawyers appealed against the strict charges and said judge’s order as “erroneous, bad in law and contrary to evidence on record.” They told that the judge failed to appreciate the fact that Salman had neither the intention to kill people nor he knew that his rash driving would lead into a massive accident.

Mean while, a social activist and a lawyer Abha Singh pointed out that police is showing a soft corner for the actor and that is why the case has been dragging for 11 years. She alleged that there have been loop holes in the process of investigation. She also pointed out that police did not summon the actor on each hearing. Since then, Salman has been ordered to be present for all his hearings.

In another case, in 1998, Salman was detained in a jail for 3 consecutive days in Rajasthan after he went for hunting and killed a black buck which is an endangered species.