|April 8 is an important day for Bollywood star Salman Khan. His plea for quashing of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' charge against him in the 2002 hit-and-run case would come up for hearing today.
Previously being tried under the lesser charge of causing death by negligence that has a maximum punishment of two years in jail, Salman Khan faced a setback in the hit-and-run case when the stringent charge of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder', which attracts ten years of jail, was made out against the 47-year-old star.
A month back, Salman Khan had filed an appeal seeking the quashing of the stringent ‘culpable homicide’ charge against him, and the actor was supposed to appear before court on March 25, but the hearing was deferred to April 8, which is today.
Salman Khan’s plea will reportedly be heard by Sessions Judge U B Hejib.
The stringent charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ can be tried by a sessions court. The main case would be heard only after a decision on Salman Khan’s appeal.
The case dates back to 2002 when one person was killed and four injured by the Land Cruiser allegedly driven by Salman. The vehicle had mowed down people sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra.