New Twist: “Salman Khan” 2002 hit-and-run case

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Actor Salman Khan’s lawyer Monday filed an application before the Bombay High Court seeking singer Kamal Khan to be summoned as a witness in the 2002 hit-and-run case.

Kamal Khan (43) was apparently present in the vehicle when the accident took place while the car was making its way from J W Marriott to Galaxy Apartment on the night of the accident.

Khan’s lawyer Amit Desai moved an application before Justice A R Joshi, who asked the chief public prosecutor Sandeep Shinde to file the state’s response by Tuesday. The prosecution is going to begin its arguments by Tuesday.

Khan’s lawyer Amit Desai argued that it was the duty of the trial court to question the prosecution’s decision of not questioning Kamal Khan though he was cited as an eyewitness.

Under Section 391 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the Bombay High Court can summon a witness,” said Desai. Public prosecutor Poornima Kantharia, however, opposed this. On May 6, Salman Khan was convicted on charges of culpable homicide, not amounting to murder, in the 2002 hit-and-run case in which one man died and four were injured. The prosecution’s case is that the actor’s white Toyota Landcruiser ran over men, sleeping on a pavement in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002.

Justice A R Joshi is hearing the actor’s appeal against his sentencing by the sessions court.

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