|Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is in the dock again as the fresh trial of the 2002 hit-and-run case began in sessions court in Mumbai today.
Samba Gowda, the first witness to depose in the retrial told the court on Monday that on the night of September 28, 2002, a big car had rammed into a shop and its bumper had hit the shutter. He said he saw pieces of glass, the car’s number plate and bumper parts lying on the spot which were later seized by the police.
“I can identify the articles collected by police from the place of accident,” the witness reportedly told the court.
The prosecution led by Jagannath Kenjalkar will now examine the eye witnesses -- who were injured in the mishap -- on May 6. The court has asked Salman Khan to be present on said day. The eyewitnesses may be asked to identify him.
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These five witnesses are crucial for the prosecution which has submitted a list of 64 witnesses to be examined. However, it may not examine all of them.
The hit-and-run case dates back to September 2002, when a Land Cruiser, allegedly driven by Salman Khan, ran over a group of people sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in Bandra.
Salman Khan had earlier been tried for a lesser offence of causing death by negligence, which entailed an imprisonment of two years. But now, he’s being tried under a stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder which invites a punishment of ten years.
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