The Bombay high court on Monday fixed a date for hearing Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's appeal against his conviction in the 2002 hit-and-run case saying it will start on July 30.
Last Monday, the high court had postponed the hearing after it was told that translations of the paper book of the appeal from Marathi to English were complete for old documents but five volumes still needed to be translated. The procedural law allows for all vernacular documents to be translated to English in the court.
Earlier, the court had on June 15 posted the matter to July 1 after it was informed that the paper book of the case papers was not ready.
A sessions court had convicted the actor for culpable homicide not amounting to murder for killing one person and injuring four after his SUV had slammed into people sleeping on the pavements in Bandra in September 2002.
The HC had suspended the trial court's sentence of five years' rigorous imprisonment soon after the May 6 sentencing. The HC had granted him bail too.
In a separate hearing, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea filed by the mother of a deceased Mumbai Police constable, seeking transfer of the hit-and-run case from Mumbai to Delhi as well for the cancellation of the bail given to the actor.
Advocate ML Sharma — counsel for the mother of Ravindra Patil, who was seated in the front row of Khan's car at the time of the accident — had earlier told a bench headed by justice TS Thakur that the petition was urgent as the manner in which the actor was given bail did not inspire confidence in her.
The petitioner, Patil's mother, referred to the HC order granting bail to Khan and claimed the court suspended his sentence without perusing all the exhibits before it.
Patil, who died in 2007 after a bout of tuberculosis, had allegedly received underworld threats after the incident. He was the complainant in the case and an eye-witness to the accident.
His mother's petition alleged Patil was under tremendous pressure to change his statement in favour of the actor. She added that when he refused to do so, he was put in jail on the frivolous charge of failing to appear before the court on five consecutive dates.
"He was terminated from his job. He was reportedly ill-treated and tortured inside the jail," the mother stated in her petition.