Mumbai: The Mumbai sessions court will frame charges against Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The court will frame charges against the actor under IPC Section 304-B.Salman’s Land Cruiser, allegedly driven by him, crushed a group of people sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra in the wee hours of September 28, 2002.
Importantly, the public prosecutor alleged in court last week that the actor was driving in a drunken state at the time of the incident in which one person was killed and three others were injured. If convicted, the actor could face up to ten years in jail.
47-year-old Khan had personally appeared before the court last week. Salman Khan chose a seat meant for the public but was asked by the judge to sit on the bench meant for the accused.Earlier the court had rejected Khan’s appeal against the magistrate`s order directing a retrial of the case under the stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
The arguments in the case concluded in early May and Khan`s lawyer Ashok Mundargi had contended that the lower court`s order was “erroneous, bad in law and contrary to evidence on record”.
Earlier, Khan had been tried under the less severe Section 304A of IPC, relating to causing death by negligence, which stipulates a maximum two years in jail.However, the metropolitan magistrate, after examining 17 witnesses in the case, had invoked the more serious charge under Section 304 A (III) of the IPC against Khan.
Public prosecutor had said that a witness, police bodyguard Ravindra Patil, who is no more now, had repeatedly warned Khan not to drive rashly but the actor allegedly did not pay heed.