Mumbai, Mar 23 ():Bollywood actor Salman Khan who will be returning from the USA today has been asked to appear in person before a Sessions Court on March 25 for his role in the 2002 hit-and-run case.
Following the Bandra Magistrate’s court which referred the case to the Sessions Court, Salman Khan will be appearing before the Sessions Court for the first time. The actor was asked by the magistrate earlier to appear before the Sessions Court on March 11, but he could not do so as there was a delay in assigning the case to any judge.
The case was transferred from the Magistrate’s court to the Sessions Court after the actor was accused with a more serious charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’. The Sessions Court will be depending on fresh trial and evidence that were produced before the Magistrate’s court will be given less importance, said legal sources. The prosecution also might have to produce evidence once again.
Salman Khan was charged of ‘causing death by negligence’ after the land cruiser which was driven by the actor ran over people who were sleeping on the street outside a bakery in suburban Bandra in the morning hours on September 28, 2002, in which one person was killed and four others were injured.
Earlier on March 8, advocate Ashok Mundargi who appeared on behalf of Salman Khan, requested the Sessions Court to hear the main case against the actor and his appeal against Magistrate’s order citing the charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ (section 304 part II of IPC) concurrently.
The trial in the case of ‘causing death by negligence’ (section 304 A of Indian Penal Code), took place in front of the magistrate that attracts maximum punishment of two years’ jail term.
Following the cross-examination of witnesses in the case, the court observed saying that the charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ was prima facie made out against the actor.