The Sessions court has fixed the hearing of 2002 hit-and-run case against Bollywood actor Salman Khan on March 25, when he would have to remain present before the court. Along with the prosecution’s case against Salman, the court would also hear his appeal against the Magistrate’s order, invoking the charge of `culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ against him which attracts a punishment upto ten years in prison.
Sessions Judge U B Hejib has scheduled the hearing for March 25, and Salman had been asked to be present on that day.
It would be Salman’s first appearance before the Sessions court after Bandra Magistrate’s court referred the case to the Sessions Court (because the offence he is now charged with is serious).
The Magistrate had asked Salman to appear before the Sessions court on March 11, but he did not go to the court that day as the case was yet to be assigned to any judge.
Sources said as there would be a fresh trial.Evidence produced before the Magistrate’s court would not be considered, according to them.
One person was killed and four injured when a Land Cruiser, allegedly driven by Salman, ran over the people sleeping on pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra in the wee hours of September 28, 2002.
On March 8, advocate Ashok Mundargi, Salman’s lawyer, had urged the Sessions court to hear the main case against the actor and his appeal against Magistrate’s order invoking the charge of `culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ (section 304 part II of IPC) simultaneously.