The Bombay High Court adjourned the hearing of Salman Khan's appeal against his five-year sentence in the 2002 hit-and-run case on Wednesday. The hearing will now take place on July 13.
Seeking more time for verification of dcouments, Salman Khan's advocate Amit Desai told the court that the papers were delivered to him only last evening (Tuesday). He said he would need time to check the amendments, translations and whether they are duly certified.
Desai had asked for three weeks' time but public prosecutor Sandeep Shinde said that the request was nothing but an attempt to kill time.
Earlier, justice AM Thipsay had granted bail to the actor on May 8 and suspended the five-year jail sentence awarded to the actor in the 2002 hit-and-run case while admitting his appeal. Later in May, the HC allowed him to travel to Dubai to perform at an award ceremony.
In May, a sessions court had held Salman Khan guilty of drink driving his car in 2002 and crashing into a bakery in Bandra, killing one and injuring four others who were sleeping on a pavement. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment by the court.
On the same day, pending the actor's appeal, the HC had suspended the jail term handed to him by the lower court. The court also expedited the hearing of the case based on the appeal.
The HC directed Khan, who did not appear in person, to surrender before the trial court forthwith and execute a bail bond of Rs 30,000 with one or two sureties of a like amount.
A Timeline of 2002 hit-and-run case
September 28, 2002: Actor Salman Khan’s Toyota Land Cruiser crashed into a bakery in Bandra, killing one and injuring four others who were sleeping on a pavement. The actor was arrested and granted bail.
October 2002: The police filed a charge sheet against Khan on charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
November 2003: Khan challenged the application of the section first before the sessions court. The court rejected Khan’s plea and applied the section to the case, after which he moved the Bombay high court (HC). The HC held that section 304 part II of the Indian Penal Code (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) was not applicable in the case.
October 2003: After the HC order, the state moved the Supreme Court (SC) against the order. The SC set aside both the orders and held that the magistrate should, after perusal of the evidence, decide whether the harsher section is applicable to the case. The magistrate court framed charges against the actor under 304 A of IPC (rash and negligent driving) and other relevant sections.
March 2011: The prosecution sought that Khan be tried for more serious charge of section 304 part II.
December 2012: The magistrate court added the section and committed the trial to sessions court.
July 2013: The sessions court framed charges against the actor for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, under which if proved guilty, the actor may face jail term up to 10 years.
August 19, 2013: The case was assigned to a new judge.
November, 2013: Khan pleaded for a fresh trial before the sessions court.
December, 2013: Fresh trial was ordered.
March, 2015: Salman Khan’s driver Ashok Singh confessed he was driving the car and not the actor.
April 1, 2015: The prosecution began final argument.
April 9, 2015: Prosecution concluded their arguments.
April 10, 2015: Defence began final argument.
April 20, 2015: Defence completed the argument.
May 6, 2015: Salman Khan convicted and sentenced to fiver years in prison by the sessions court.
May 8, 2015: Salman's five-year jail sentence suspended by Bombay High Court.
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