fresh proceedings will start on 23 December
Statesman News Service
Mumbai, 5 December
A sessions court here today granted actor Salman Khan’s plea for a retrial in the 28 September 2002 hit-and-run case involving him in which a pedestrian was killed and four others were injured.
The actor has taken the stand that since the prosecution has successfully impressed the court to try him for more serious offence of “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” applying section 304 (II) of the Indian Penal Code he would prefer to examine and re-examine all the witnesses who had recorded their statements in the past.
He wanted “old evidence” erased and new taken on record. The sessions judge Mr DW Deshpande granted the prayer. and declared the fresh proceedings will start on 23 December.
Passing the order, the judge Mr Deshpande directed the prosecution and defence to submit their respective lists of witnesses to be examined and cross-examined on the resumption of the case. Earlier on 24 July, a previous sessions court judge had framed charges against Mr Khan under section 304(II) of the IPC making the offence more serious attracting a prison sentence up to ten years.
Salman’s lawyer Mr Shrikant Shivade had moved the application on 19 November seeking fresh trail in view of the additional charges . Besides section 304 (II), Salman has now been charged under more IPC sections 279 (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by an act), 338 ( inflicting serious injury), 427 (causing damage) as well as certain provisions of Motor Vehicle Act and Bombay Prohibition Act since the prosecution alleged he had no driving licence and was drunk when the incident took place.