Mumbai court exempts Salman Khan from appearing in 2002 hit-and-run case
A metropolitan court in Mumbai on Thursday exempted Bollywood actor Salman Khan from making a personal appearance in connection with the 2002 hit-and-run case.
The next hearing of the case would now take place on January 30, 2013.
The court was hearing a complaint against the actor and the police alleging that the trial was being delayed deliberately. The court had asked Salman to appear personally to answer the charges.
Khan's lawyer Dipesh Mehta argued that the complaint filed against Salman was not maintainable under CrPC and the complainant had no locus standi in the matter.
Meanwhile, Advocate Abha Singh, appearing for the complainant argued that police had favoured Salman Khan by not examining witnesses in the case in the last five years.
The Bombay High Court had earlier held that Section 304 part II of the Indian Penal Code (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) was not applicable in this case and that the actor be tried under 304 A of IPC (rash and negligent driving) and other relevant sections.
The metropolitan magistrate's court in Bandra had framed charges against the actor under Sections 304 A of the IPC (rash and negligent driving), 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing minor injuries), 338 (causing major injuries) and 427 (negligence).
Salman's Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle had rammed into a bakery in suburban Bandra killing one and injuring four persons who were sleeping on a pavement on September 28, 2002.