Mumbai sessions court Judge D. W. Deshpande has announced May 6 as the date on which the judgement in the 2002 hit-and-run case featuring Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will be announced

The defense concluded their arguements on Monday. During the course of trial, prosecution examined a total of 27 witnesses while the defence examined only one witness, which was the actor driver Ashok Singh, who confessed that it was not Khan but he who was driving the car on the day of incident.

Salman Khan. File pic

The sessions court conducted a fresh trial of the case after it was transferred by magistrate’s court, which was conducting trial for the lesser charge of rash and negligent driving, which attracts a two-year jail term. The case was handed over to the sessions court midway through the trial by the magistrate court because it felt that the charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ should be added.

Once the charge was added, the sessions court had to take over the trail, since such serious charges cannot be tried in a lower court. A person found guilty of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ can be given ten years’ imprisonment.

The 2002 hit-and-run case
On September 28, 2002, Salman Khan’s white Land Cruiser ran onto the pavement near the bakery in Bandra, killing one and injuring four others who were sleeping on the pavement. The actor has been accused of driving the car while being drunk