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Hit-and-run: Court to hear Salman's plea today

Mumbai, Dec 5 : A Mumbai sessions court on Thursday will hear Bollywood actor Salman Khan's plea seeking fresh trial in a 2002 hit-and-run case.


"The court will decide whether the trial should begin afresh and evidence produced earlier by the magistrate should be considered or not," reported CNN-IBN.

"Salman had requested that the earlier evidence presented in the case should be disregarded," said the news channel.

The court on July 24 framed new charges against Khan in case.

According to reports, Khan will now be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

Khan has pleaded not guilty to the charges. However, if proven guilty, the actor might be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Khan was earlier facing the trial for rash and negligent driving, which awards the convict with a maximum sentence of two years.

However, the court handling his case, in January, accepted that the police have provided evidence that merits trying the actor for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which awards the convict a punishment upto ten years in prison.

The case was then transferred to the sessions court as the magistrates' court did not have the jurisdiction to hear the same.

In February, Khan challenged the order and filed a revision petition, pleading that the stringent charges against him be dropped.

In 2002, the actor driving a SUV had run into a bakery in suburban Bandra, and the accident took the life of one pavement dweller while injuring four persons sleeping on the pavement outside.

--IBNS (Posted on 05-12-2013)

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