The trial in the hit and run case involving Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been deferred to 9th October following information being provided to the court that his lawyer was unwell.
The trial was due to resume this week after several delays because of missing documents which have now been found and given to the court.
Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat told the trial judge D G Deshpande that Salman Khan’s lawyer Srikant Shivade was not well enough and thus the trial has been adjourned.
Because of Khan’s lawyer not being able to attend, the trial has been deferred for around 2 weeks and is due to take place on 9th October. Witnesses have been informed by prosecutors to be ready for this date.
Salman Khan did not appear in court to hear the announcement of the adjournment. The trial has previously hit a delay because of 63 original witness statements and case diaries had gone missing from the custody of the police. However, the documents were found at the police station after Police Chief Rakesh Maria had requested an inquiry to be made. 11 witnesses have deposed in the case so far, not including one that turned hostile.
The case has now been going on for just under 12 years as the offence of allegedly driving his car into a bakery, killing one person and injuring four other sleeping outside on the pavement occurred on September 28th 2002.
The Bollywood superstar was originally charged with causing death by negligence, which entitled a guilty defendant prosecuted with two years’ imprisonment. Khan is now being charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder, that means he could face 10 years imprisonment.
In a career tainted with several controversies, Khan has been extremely successful. He is one of Bollywood’s most famous actors and has produced and featured in several successful films such as Saajan (released in 1991), Karan Arjun (released in 1995) and Judwaa (released in 1997) which can be seen on Bollywood film site: Eros Now. The actor is the only person to have ever appeared in the highest grossing film in nine separate years and is one of the most sought after Bollywood actors. Regardless of the hit and run controversy that has lasted over a decade, Khan has still been making and starring in successful Bollywood movies. In 2004, he was nominated on two separate occasions for the FilmFare Award for best actor and best supporting actor. In the past 4 years, the actor has been nominated on 3 different occasions for FilmFare’s award for best actor. Despite his success, the Bollywood superstar has been involved in several other controversies including a well-publicised relationship with Aishwarya Rai in which after the break-up he was accused of harassing her and was lodged with a formal complaint against him. In addition to this, Salman Khan was originally sentenced to serve 5 years of jail time for hunting an endangered species. He was granted bail and his conviction was suspended just 2 years ago.
Khan’s hit and run case is due to resume on October 9th