Under Section 304(2) of the IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the hit-and-run case, Salman may face a jail term of up to 10 years
A Sessions Court in Mumbai on Wednesday framed charges against actor Salman Khan for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the hit-and-run case for which he may face a jail term up to 10 years, setting the stage for trial. Salman, however, pleaded not guilty to all these charges.
Clad in a grey shirt and black trousers, Salman appeared before sessions Judge UB Hejib, who on 19th July had summoned the actor today for framing of charges for starting afresh the trial in the 11-year-old case.
At the beginning of the proceedings, the judge expressed his inability to take up the case for framing the charges as he has been transferred.
However, prosecutor Shankar Erande pleaded that charges should be framed today itself as the actor was going abroad for two months which could further delay the trial.
At his request, the judge read out the charges to Salman, who pleaded not guilty to all.
Apart from section 304(2) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), the Bollywood superstar was also charged under sections 279 (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by an act), 338 (causing grievous hurt), 427 (causing damage or mischief to property) of IPC, and provisions of Motor Vehicles Act and Bombay Prohibition Act.
One person was killed and four others were injured when the Land Cruiser, allegedly driven by Salman Khan, crushed a group of people sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra on 28 September 2002.
The actor moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance during the trial, which was granted. He was, however, directed to be present before the court whenever required.