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Salman Khan Hit-and-Run Case: Actor in Court, Accompanied by Sisters

  | December 03, 2014 11:45 IST (New Delhi)
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Salman Khan spotted at Mumbai airport.

Salman Khan arrived in a Mumbai court for a hearing of the hit-and-run case dating from 2002 in which he faces charges of culpable homicide

Actor Salman Khan, dressed in jeans and a blue-green shirt, arrived in a Mumbai court today for a hearing of the hit-and-run case dating from 2002 in which he faces charges of culpable homicide. He was accompanied by his sisters, Alvira and the newly-wed Arpita Khan.
A motor vehicles inspector and a chemical analysis expert are expected to testify today.
One person was killed and four others were injured when a car, allegedly driven by the actor, rammed into a bakery in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on September 28, 2002.
For years, his lawyers have argued that Mr Khan was not driving the car.
On November 24, Salman Khan was exempted from appearing in court for a hearing. His lawyers moved court to adjourn the proceedings after complaining that they were not given a list of witnesses who would be examined.
Criminal jurisprudence is based on the principle of fair trial and that they could not possibly bring files of all 63 witnesses to court, argued the defence lawyers.
The prosecution alleged that the defence was trying to pressurise the prosecution. Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat argued that if names of witnesses are provided in advance, the defence may tamper with witnesses, adding that the entire list of witnesses has been provided earlier.
Two witnesses were examined in court on November 24. One of them was the manager of American Express laundry in Bandra, in front of which the accident had taken place, and the other was an insurance agent.
During the proceedings, the court observed, "It's been 12 years. We must complete the trial by December."
The proceeding was then adjourned to December 3.
The actor faces the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

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