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Salman: Framing of Charges on July 24

Salman Khan at court

Mumbai : A Mumbai Sessions court will frame charges against actor Salman Khan in a 2002 hit and run case on July 24. On Friday, Salman was present in the court along with some family members.

The court has directed him to be present in the court on July 24 also during the framing of the charges.

Salman Khan at court

On Friday, an activist Santosh Daundkar moved an application seeking intervention in the matter. Representing Salman, lawyer Shrikant Shivade opposed the application filed by Daundkar and argued that he had no locus standi in the matter and was in the habit of going to the media every now and then to malign Salman.

However, advocate Abha Singh, appearing for Daundkar, rejected the argument saying that she wants to file written submissions with regard to false evidence given by the police earlier to delay the trial in the nearly 11-year-old case.

“Under Section 301(2) of the Cr.PC, the court gives a third party the right to help the prosecutor,” she argued.

Besides Salman’s lawyer the public prosecutor also opposed Daundkar’s application but did not explain the grounds. Salman’s lawyer also filed an application objecting to derogatory comments about the actor posted on video-sharing website YouTube.

The prosecutor said he had no objection to the actor’s application and the court has reserved its order on both applications till July 24.

During the course of the hearing, Salman sat in the visitors’ area, but was later summoned to stand in the box meant for accused.

Khan had earlier been tried for a lesser offence of causing death by negligence (Section 304 A of IPC), which provides for a maximum punishment of two years in jail.

He will now be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and if found guilty he could face imprisonment up to ten years.

The court has two options before it: either to conduct a fresh trial or continue the existing case with the additional stringent charges. The court is expected to give its ruling on this in the next hearing.

One person was killed and four others were injured when a Land Cruiser allegedly driven by Salman in an inebriated state ran over a group of footpath dwellers in Bandra suburb in the early hours of Sep 28, 2002.

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