Salman Khan Asked To Approach High Court For Appeal Against Culpable Homicide

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Sessions Judge AN Patil informed Salman Khan's lawyer that the appeal against the new charges should be filed in the Bombay High Court.
Sessions Judge AN Patil informed Salman Khan's lawyer that the appeal against the new charges should be filed in the Bombay High Court.

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan appealed against the charge of Section 304 part II (Culpable homicide not amounting to murder) in the 2002 hit-and-run case at a Sessions court, yesterday.

Sessions Judge AN Patil informed Ashok Mundargi, Salman Khan’s lawyer, that the appeal against the new charges should be filed in the Bombay High Court. The matter in the Mumbai Session Court has been adjourned.

Said the judge at the Sessions court before adjournment, “The matter is interlocutory in nature and therefore you should approach the Bombay High court as I don’t have the jurisdiction to hear the same.”

On Friday, March 8, this matter will again be brought up in the Court. Salman Khan in his petition claimed that the lower court’s order was “bad in law” and “erroneous”.

Earlier, the superstar was being tried under a lesser charge of causing death by negligence that provided a maximum punishment of two years in prison. In January, a magistrate’s court included the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304 part II) and shifted the trial to the sessions court. The charge can result in a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail, if found guilty.

Salman Khan, on the night of September 28, 2002, allegedly drove his Toyota Land Cruiser, under the influence of alcohol and ran over homeless people who were sleeping on the pavement, outside a bakery in Bandra, Mumbai. In the accident one person was killed and four were injured.