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Salman to be tried for culpable homicide; faces 10-yr jail term

July 24, 2013 13:55 IST

Salman to be tried for culpable homicide

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A Mumbai court on Wednesday framed charges against actor Salman Khan for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in connection to an 11-year-old hit-and-run case.

Apart from Section 304(2) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), the actor 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 the Indian Penal Code, and provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act and Bombay Prohibition Act.

The actor pleaded not guilty to all these charges.

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Clad in a grey shirt and black trousers, Salman appeared before sessions Judge U B Hejib, who had on July 19 summoned him for framing of charges.

The actor moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance during the trial.

Though his appeal was granted, he was directed to be present before the court whenever required.

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.

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Prosecutor Shankar Erande pleaded that charges should be framed today as the actor was going abroad for two months.

At his request, the judge read out the charges to Salman, who pleaded not guilty to them.

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 September 28, 2002.

Salman's lawyer Srikant Shivade urged the court to direct the media to observe restraint as too much publicity was being given to the case and the proceedings were not correctly reported.

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The Judge asked the media to observe restraint in coverage and report correctly the proceedings of the case.

The Sessions Court had on June 24 upheld a magistrate's order on charging the actor with culpable homicide not amounting to murder and dismissed his appeal against the verdict.

The actor had earlier been tried by a metropolitan magistrate for a lesser offence of causing death by negligence (Section 304 A of IPC), which provides for a maximum sentence of two years.

He will now stand trial under a law pertaining to culpable homicide that could attract a jail term up to ten years.

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