Mumbai, July 20 (): Bollywood superstar Salman Khan yesterday made an appearance in a Mumbai court in connection with the 2002 hit-and-run case. The court has directed Salman Khan to appear again on July 24 for framing of charges.
Salman along with his two sisters and other family members appeared in a court hearing in person as per the earlier directives of the court. During Friday’s hearing, Salman Khan waited in the visitors’ area, but was later called to stand in the box meant for accused.
The court is expected to give its ruling on this during the next hearing. The case will next be heard on Wednesday, when charges are likely to be framed against him. If Salman Khan is found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in jail.
The actor’s SUV ran over pavement residents in suburban Bandra in the early morning hours of September 28, 2002, injuring four others and killing one.
The court had overruled the appeal of Khan against the order of the magistrate directing a retrial of the case under the stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The actor was then tried for a lesser offence under Section 304-A of the IPC, with a maximum punishment of two years in jail.
However, after inquiring 17 witnesses in the case, the metropolitan magistrate had appealed the more serious charge under Section 304 (III) of the IPC against the actor.
A Bandra metropolitan court was hearing the case since 2006 and recently it transferred the case to a sessions court.
Public Prosecutor Shankar Erande submitted Khan was drunk and knew his act of rash driving, particularly after drinks, might result in death of people in accident. He also said the actor was fully aware that people slept on the footpaths in the locality.
Outside the court there was a commotion as petitioners and advocates were prevented by police from entering the room. The judge, at one instance, asked his staff to go out and tell the people gathered there not to make noise.