Hit-and-run case: Fresh trail against Salman from December 23

Accepting the petition of superstar Salman Khan, a Mumbai session court has today ordered for a fresh trail against the Bollywood actor in hit-and-run case which the actor committed way back in 2002. The trail will start from December 23.

The case against him changed from ‘rash and negligent driving’ to a serious offense ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ which carries a jail term of 10 years and for which Salman Khan has asked for a fresh trial. The court said that all the witnesses and the evidences will be re-examined.

Salman in his petition said that all the evidences produced before the court should be discarded as he is now charged with more serious offense. The prosecution opposed the fresh trial, saying it was a "stalling tactic."

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’.