Mumbai police claimed they were unable to quickly serve the court notice because they had a hard time tracking Salman down.
It's taken Mumbai police three weeks to find Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to serve him with a court summons relating to the 2002 hit-and-run case. The show cause notice, issued by a Bandra magistrate's court on November 30, has only just reached Salman, his lawyer confirmed to NDTV. The notice directs Salman and Inspector Abhay Shastri of the Bandra police station to appear in court on December 27, which is also the actor's birthday.
The summons were issued after RTI activist Saurabh Daundkar and his lawyer Abha Singh filed a complaint alleging that the Mumbai police faked documents and evidence to help Salman in the 2002 hit-an-run case.
Mumbai police claimed they were unable to quickly serve the court notice because they had a hard time tracking Salman down. A report in Mid-Day.com
says that petitioner Santosh Daundkar met Inspector Shastri on December 24 to find out if the summons had been served and was told by the cop that Salman was not in Mumbai.
Mr Daundkar told Mid-Day: "I informed him that at the time he was shooting in Mehboob Studio. Shastri was furious and mocked me, calling me a 'good detective'. He told me that this (serving summons) was their job, and he would satisfy the court. He added that his staff was busy in Christmas bandobast
Salman has been spotted out and about in Mumbai - shooting at Mehboob studios and promoting his new film Dabangg 2
. He also attended a Christmas party hosted by businessman Sunny Dewan and his wife Anu. Special Inspector General of Police Parambir Singh was reportedly also at the party. He told Mid-Day.com: "I had gone to the party for a short time and left early."
Salman's lawyer will appear in court on his behalf, NDTV was told.
On September 28, 2002, Salman allegedly rammed his car into a bakery in Bandra and ran over people sleeping on the pavement, killing one person and injuring four others.
Salman was arrested on September 28, 2002 after he allegedly rammed his car into a bakery in Bandra and ran over people sleeping on the pavement, killing one person and injuring three.