MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s 2002 hit-and-run case is coming back to haunt him. A social worker, Santosh Daundkar, has filed an application to the magistrate court in Mumbai alleging that false evidence was submitted to protect the actor and delay the case by almost four-five years.
Santosh has filed his application through his lawyer Abha Singh, saying that the case was tilted in Salman Khan’s favour by summoning doctors who were not connected with the case as witnesses for the actor.
The application states: “The police could never be so naive so as to not know as to who were the actual doctors who had examined the injured persons in the matter.” It also states that “During the intervening period, the accused Salman Khan assimilated an enormous pecuniary benefit where he conducted his roaring business in films.”
In 2002, The actor’s SUV had run over five people, where one died and four other were hurt. The case is still being heard in the courts.
On receiving the application, the additional chief metropolitan magistrate of the Mumbai court on Monday has issued summons to Salman Khan. He has asked the actor to appear in court on 27 December (which incidentally is Salman Khan’s birthday) to show cause as to why the social worker’s application should be stayed. If he is not able to show enough cause, it could mean that Salman will be in trouble.
The punishment for producing false evidence is seven years imprisonment. Addressing the media lawyer Abha Singh declared that “When Indian masses are crazy for film stars they have to be responsible towards them and be good role models. Our main petition is that nobody is above the law.”