Salman Khan is sort of being haunted by age old black buck poaching case. Meanwhile the actor met Sanjay Dutt along with other top Bollywood personalities yesterday
The past keeps haunting you and for Salman Khan this actually holds true as the 2002 hit-and-run case in which the actor was involved, will witness a hearing on April 8. The case was deferred on Monday.
The lawyer’s plea was accepted by the sessions court in which time was asked by the lawyer to file a document even as the actor did not make a personal appearance.
The case has been tried by a magistrate’s court before. Salman Khan returned from the US recently and it was expected that the actor would appear for the hearing as it was supposed to be the first hearing in the case in a higher court.
The media was expecting that Salman Khan would make a personal appearing for the hearing but it didn’t happen as expected.
It was stated by the Sessions court Judge U.B. Hejib that the actor’s appeal has challenged the order of Bandra Magistrate invoking the charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’, a serious offence under IPC, which attracts maximum punishment up to 10 years, will be heard by Hejib.
The court adjourned the hearing for two weeks after a lawyer appeared on behalf of Salman’s senior counsel Ashok Mundargi asked for time for filing certain documents. The documents needed to be filed were not specified. The lawyer’s plea was accepted and the hearing was adjourned.
Before hearing the 2002 hit-and-run case, Hejib said that Salman’s revision application will be heard on April 8. The actor is facing charges of running his car over people sleeping on a footpath, injuring four and killing one.
According to legal sources, there are two things that the court will do in the case. one is hearing the arguments and rejecting Salman’s appeal and go ahead with the trial and second is, which may come as a breather for Salman Khan as he can buy more time with this, refer the matter back to the magistrate and ask him to conduct the case.
A magistrate had tried Salman before under a charge that was lesser and amounted to ‘causing death by negligence’, Section 304 A, which is punishable with two years imprisonment.
A plea was filed by the State and Mumbai Police and following this the magistrate had invoked the charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ that can be tried by a sessions court and this resulted the case coming into the sessions court.
The case was remanded by the magistrate to sessions court for trial and Salman was asked to present himself on March 11. The actor however could not appear in the court because that time it was not sure that who will be hearing the case. Sources said that a date will be fixed for the trial and Salman will have to appear on that day.
In the meantime the actor and other Bollywood personalities met Sanjay Dutt who is set to serve three and half years in prison to show his solidarity with him.