Eleven years after actor Salman Khan allegedly rammed his car into a shop killing one person and injuring four, the re-trial in the case began yesterday.
The court asked Khan to remain present on May 6 when the eyewitnesses, who were injured in the mishap, would be examined by the prosecution. They may be asked to identify Khan in the court, and he would have the right to cross-examine them.
A witness, who deposed yesterday, was asked to come again on May 2 to identify the articles which were seized by police in his presence. Samba Gowda, who was the first witness to depose in the court, said he had drawn a panchnama of the articles seized by police on the day of the incident on September 28, 2002.
The witness told prosecutor Jagannath Kenjalkar that a big car was involved in the accident and said police had reached the spot along with him. He further said the car had rammed into a laundry and its bumper had hit the shutter of the shop. The witness said he saw glass pieces, number plate of the car and bumper parts lying on the spot. “I can identify the articles collected by police from the place of accident,” said Gowda, who hails from Karnataka.
Two more witnesses were discharged as they had admitted the panchnamas drawn by them. Although the prosecution has submitted a list of 64 witnesses, it would not examine all of them, according to the public prosecutor. The actor had earlier been tried by a magistrate for a lesser offence of causing death by negligence, which entailed an imprisonment of two years.
Salman Khan is facing the charge of running over his Toyota Land Cruiser on a group of persons sleeping on a footpath outside a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one and injuring four others.
On December 5 last year, the court had ordered a fresh trial on the ground that the witnesses had not been examined in the context of aggravated charge of culpable homicide, which was invoked against him midway through the case.
The charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder attracts a 10-year sentence.