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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, July 19, 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. 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.