Salman’s presence unlikely at HC bail plea hearing on Friday

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s appeal against his conviction and bail plea in the hit-and-run case is listed for hearing at the Bombay High Court on Friday. The court had granted him interim bail for two days after a trial court found him guilty of the crime and sentenced the actor to a five-year jail term on Wednesday.

Justice Abhay Thipsay, who had granted him the interim bail till May 8, will hear the appeal. However, the actor is not likely to be present. As per Law, the appellant’s presence is not necessary and his lawyers Harish Salve and Srikant Shivade would argue his plea.

 The actor has challenged his conviction saying that the trial court had not considered his plea that he was not driving the car and that his family driver Ashok Singh was behind the wheel.

“While concluding I find that it is established beyond reasonable doubt that the accused (Salman Khan) was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident. The defence of the accused that DW1 (Singh) was driving is discarded from consideration. Ashok Singh is a brought up witness who had come to help the accused on the instruction of Salim Khan,” sessions judge DW Deshpande had observed in his judgement.