Mumbai: A court in Mumbai ordered a fresh trial in 2002 hit-and-run case against Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.
Salman Khan, who is being tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, had sought a fresh trial before a sessions court saying the evidence produced earlier before a magistrate be discarded as he was now facing a more serious charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
The court also said all the witnesses will be re-examined.
Salman Khan’s lawyer Srikant Shivade had argued that the actor had not been given an opportunity in the magistrate’s court to cross-examine witnesses vis-a-vis the additional charge of culpable homicide which was imposed on him recently.
A sessions court had on July 24 framed charges against Salman Khan for culpable homicide for which he may face a jail term upto 10 years. Earlier, he was tried by a magistrate for rash and negligent driving which prescribes a two-year jail term.
Ten years after the accident in which Salman Khan was found involved, the Bandra magistrate, mid-way during the trial, held that culpable homicide charge was made out against the actor and hence referred the case to a higher court for trial as this offence is triable only by the sessions court.
Apart from section 304(2) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), the Bollywood superstar has also been charged under sections 279 (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by an act), 338 (causing grievous hurt), 427 (causing damage or mischief to property) of IPC, and provisions of Motor Vehicles Act and Bombay Prohibition Act.