Court accepts activist’s plea in Salman’s hit-and-run case

Trouble seems to be a never ending chapter in Salman Khan’s life. As Salman Khan is charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder in 2002 hit-and-run case, on Tuesday the session court has heard three applications.

Regarding the first application where Salman Khan’s made an appeal to the court about unfair media coverage of the case, court orally asked the media for fair reporting of the case.

The court has also heard application for the second plea of activist Santosh Daundkar's plea in which he has asked the court  to transfer false evidence case from Bandra to the sessions court. The court rejected his plea saying that it did not have suo moto powers to transfer the case.

Regarding the third plea, the court allowed the intervene of activist Abha Singh's plea to assist the Public Prosecutor only at the final stage.

Advocate Abha Singh is represented in court by her son, Aditya Pratap. Abha Singh conveyed that as a general public, who is not concerned with any criminal case, she still has right to intervene in the court case against Salman Khan.  She can prepare notes and can submit written notes to the public prosecutor thus helping him indirectly in his case.

While hearing the arguments, Judge SD Deshpande said that in a criminal case, the role of intervener is limited to submissions of written notes and nothing beyond that.

On the other hand, Salman’s lawyer, Shrikant Shivde feels that advocate Abha Singh has no business in Salman’s case. She just wants to defame the actor. She has already made up her mind that Salman is guilty and so she is trying her level best to defame him.

Shivde told the court, “They are not interested in justice. They have been giving number of interviews to media. If this application is allowed, then 100 people will come in. Today we should have been examining witness, but we are wasting time on this application.” Shivde further said about media coverage that, “We do not want an in camera trial but since beginning, an attempt is being made to pollute the mind of the public.”

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.