Hit-and-run case: Salman Khan’s fate will be decided on May 6

On Tuesday, the Session Court declared that the final judgement on Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case will come on May 6, nearly 13 years after the crime was committed. "On May 6 at 11.15 sharp," Judge D.W. Deshpande said in a packed court room on Tuesday morning.

The judge had earlier decided May 5 for the final judgement but Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat after citing cited important personal commitment, the judgement date postponed to May 6.

Total 27 witnesses have been examined in Salman’s case and one security guard named Sachin Kadam, changed his statement at the final moment and barred from seeing the at the accident spot.

In June last year, dismissing spotting the actor at the accident spot, he had said, "It is not correct that I had seen the incident, and I also saw Salman Khan getting down from the car." At the time of the accident, Sachin Kadam was on duty at Hotel Neelsagar, a restaurant opposite to the accident spot.

One of the witnesses was Salman Khan’s driver Ashok Singh, who one day appeared in the court and in a filmy way confessed committing the crime. He claimed that he was driving the car on that unfortunate night and not the actor. The public prosecutor strongly condemned the witness and said that Ashok Singh was a dummy witness and he was just taking the blame on himself to save the actor.

Medical practitioner was also cross-examined and it was confirmed from the actor’s blood sample that he was driving his land cruiser under the influence of alcohol.

If Salman Khan is found guilty of the charges the he would face a jail term of 10 years. A person found guilty of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ is given 10 years of imprisonment.

The case dates back to 2002 when Salman Khan drove his land cruiser onto the pavement near the bakery in Bandra, killing one and injuring four others who were sleeping on the pavement.