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HindustanTimes Sun,24 Aug 2014

2002 hit-and-run case: charges against Salman Khan on July 24

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 19, 2013
First Published: 16:11 IST(19/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:35 IST(20/7/2013)

The sessions court on Friday reserved its order on whether Bollywood actor Salman Khan will be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the 2002 hit-and-run case, and adjourned the case to July 24.

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The decision has considerable bearing as the charge, which was contested by Salman’s counsel, carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail.

Public prosecutor Shanker Erande, however, argued the actor had knowledge of the act and that is why he decided to flee the spot.

A person sleeping on a pavement in Bandra was killed and four others were injured when Salman’s Toyota Land Cruiser allegedly rammed into a bakery on the night of September 28 that year.

The actor, made to sit alone in the dock meant for the accused, was seen occasionally dozing off during the two-hour proceeding.

He has been asked to remain present during the next hearing.

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