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Salman Khan to go on trial in hit-and-run case from March 26

February 25, 2014 17:44 IST

The fresh trial in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan would begin on March 26, with a sessions court in Mumbai completing the necessary formalities and admitting documents given by the prosecution.

Sessions Judge D W Deshpande declared that the fresh trial would begin on March 26 when the first witness would depose before the court.

Although the prosecution has given a list of 64 witnesses, it would not examine all of them, said Public Prosecutor Jagannath Kenjalkar.

The first witness would be a formal one, such as a panch who has drawn the panchnama (document to describe the crime scene), the prosecutor said.

The prosecution on Tuesday submitted documents such as the death certificate (of the person who was killed in the mishap) and injury certificates (of those who were injured in this case).

The court admitted the documents after Salman's lawyer Shrikant Shivade submitted his say on admissibility of the documents.

Salman has been accused of running over his Toyota Land Cruiser on a group of persons sleeping on a footpath outside a bakery in suburban Bandra in September 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 the aggravated charge of culpable homicide, which was invoked against the actor midway through the proceedings.

The charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder attracts a 10-year sentence.

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.

The case, dragging on for over a decade, had taken a twist earlier this year when the magistrate, after examining 17 witnesses, held that the charge of culpable homicide could be made out against Salman and referred the matter to a sessions court, as cases under this offence are have to be tried in a higher court.

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