Hit-and-run case: Hearing of Salman’s appeal to begin from July 30

The Bombay High Court on Monday said it will hear Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s appeal against his conviction in the 2002 hit-and-run case from July 30 on a regular basis.

The High Court had on July 13 directed its registry to submit by July 20 the English translated copies of the case-related documents written in Marathi following the request of Salman’s counsel Amit Desai. However, the English versions were not ready by then after which the Court of Justice again deferred the date for July 27.

The actor was not present at the Court today, but his sister Alvira was there.

A sessions court had on May 6 sentenced Salman to five years jail term for ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ after it found the actor guilty of killing one person and injuring four others after his vehicle ran over some people sleeping on the pavements in Bandra in September 2002.

Salman filed an appeal against the lower court’s ruling at the High Cour which suspended the sentence and granted him bail.

In a related case, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking transfer of the 2002 hit-and-run case from Mumbai to Delhi. The petition was filed by the mother of deceased Mumbai police constable Ravindra Patil. The apex court also dismissed her plea for cancellation of bail given to Salman.

Patil, who died in 2007 after suffering from tuberculosis, was the complainant in the case and an eye-witness to the accident. He allegedly received underworld threats after the incident.