Mumbai: Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who had to appear on Monday before the Sessions Court has failed to appear before the court in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The case came up for the first time before the Sessions Court after a Magistrate transferred the matter to that Court by charging the actor with a more serious charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder'. The hearing is postponed for April 8 now.
Sessions Judge UB Hejib has scheduled the hearing for March 25, 2013, and the 47-year-old was asked to be present on the day.
The Bandra Magistrate's court referred the case to the Sessions Court (because the offence he is now charged with is serious). Earlier, the Magistrate had asked Salman to appear before the Sessions court on March 11, 2013, but he did not go to the court that day as the case was yet to be assigned to any judge.
One person was killed and four injured when a Land Cruiser, allegedly driven by Salman, ran over people sleeping on pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra in the wee hours of September 28, 2002.
On March 8, 2013, 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. The trial before the Magistrate was proceeding on the lesser charge of 'causing death by negligence' (section 304 A of Indian Penal Code), which attracts maximum punishment of two years in jail. After examining 17 witnesses, the Magistrate concluded that the charge of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' was prima facie made out against the actor.
(With additional inputs from PTI)