Verdict on Salman's appeal in hit-and-run case on June 10

Verdict on Salman's appeal in hit-and-run case on June 10

A Mumbai sessions court will on June 10 deliver its verdict on actor Salman Khan’s appeal against a magistrate’s order for his retrial in the 2002 hit-and-run case under the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

Sessions court judge U B Hejib had fixed June 10 for deciding the appeal after arguments concluded a month ago.

Advancing his argument against invoking the grave charge of “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” (Section 304 part II IPC),  Ashok Mundargi had pleaded that the magistrate’s order was “erroneous, bad in law and contrary to the evidence on record”.

The magistrate, he contended, had failed to appreciate that the actor had neither the intention (to kill people) nor the knowledge that his rash and negligent driving would kill a person and cause injury to four others. The offence under this section attracts a ten-year jail term and is triable by a sessions court.

Khan was earlier tried by a magistrate under lesser charge of causing death by negligence (Section 304A of IPC), that provides maximum punishment of two years in jail.

However, in a twist to the case, the metropolitan magistrate, after examining 17 witnesses, had brought forth the more serious charge of culpable homicide against the 47-year-old actor and transferred it to a sessions court for retrial.

Public Prosecutor Shankar Erande while opposing Khan’s appeal said the magistrate had rightly invoked the charge of culpable homicide.

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