Bombay HC begins to dictate order in Salman hit-and-run case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2015 00:09 IST
Salman Khan sits in a car as he leaves a court in Mumbai, India, May 6, 2015 after being sentenced to five years in prison for killing a man in a hit-and-run accident. The Bombay high court began dictating its response to the appeal filed by the actor on Monday. (Reuters Photo)

The Bombay high court on Monday began dictating its order in the appeal filed by actor Salman Khan to challenge his conviction in a 2002 hit and run case.

Justice AR Joshi began Monday’s proceedings by summarising the evidence produced in court by the prosecution.

He is primarily dealing with whether the prosecution has enough evidence to prove that it was Khan who had been driving his car in a drunken condition on September 28, 2002.

If there is sufficient evidence, the Justice will also have to decide whether Khan should have been tried under the harsher charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304(ii) of the IPC.

The court also said that it will deal in detail later with whether the present case is that of simple drunk driving or if every case of drunken driving can imply that the driver possesses the knowledge of the harm his actions can cause and thus invite trial under 304(ii).

So far, the court has dealt with the arguments and evidence on the speed of the car, the route that it took that night, and testimonies of the four injured persons who were made witnesses by the prosecution.

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