It’s surely going to be a happy birthday for Salman Khan on Thursday as he was exempted from appearing before a magistrate's court today in connection with a hearing on an application accusing him of delaying the trial in the 2002 hit-and-run case.
Early on Thursday morning, the superstar was ready to appear in court, but wasn’t required to appear personally as his lawyer Dipesh Mehta got the reprieve from court.
Salman’s lawyer moved an application seeking exemption for the actor; it was allowed by court. The lawyer also replied to the showcause notice in which former bureaucrat-turned-lawyer Aabha Singh alleged that the Bollywood star was deliberately delaying the course of justice and influencing the witnesses.
Salman Khan refuted the charge and told the reporters: “We’ve been with the law and totally done what the law has required us to do.”
The next hearing in the case will be on January 30, 2013.
The hit-and-run case has now been in courts for ten years. It dates back to September 28, 2002 when Salman Khan's Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle rammed into a bakery in suburban Bandra killing one and injuring four persons sleeping on a pavement.