Actor Salman Khan exempted from appearance in hit and run case

<a href='//' title='Salman Khan' class='article_display_tag' data-id='salman-khan' id='article_tag_data_salman-khan' style='display: inline-block;'><strong>Salman Khan</strong></a>Exempting actor Salman Khan from appearance, a local court on Monday deferred till February 28 next year the trial in the hit-and-run case in which he is facing the charge of killing one person and injuring four.
A Bandra Magistrate exempted Salman for the day as the actor pleaded that he was busy shooting for a film in Ooty.

Salman's lawyer Dipesh Mehta said that case papers have not been transferred from sessions court to the trial court and they were expecting this formality to be completed before February 28.

Salman is charged with killing one person and injuring four on September 28, 2002, by ramming his vehicle into a shop in suburban Bandra. Police alleged that he was under the influence of liquor at the time of mishap, a charge denied by the actor.

Principal Sessions Judge R R Vachha, hearing Maharashtra government's plea, on June nine, had transferred the case from the court of Magistrate S Y Sishode to the court of Additional Chief Magistrate J B Pankhe.

The state had challenged a lower court order allowing magistrate Sishode to conduct Salman's trial.

The state had urged that Bandra Magistrate S Y Sishode was not competent to conduct the trial as he had earlier recorded statements of three witnesses. Under section 164 CrPC, such a Magistrate had to transfer the case to other court for trial, it argued.

- The Hindu