Salman Khan angry over 'defamatory' news;Channel faces wrath

Salman Khan
Mumbai, April 26: Bollywood actor Salman Khan received a partial victory in a legal battle against TV news channel -- ABP News. The Bombay High Court on Thursday, April 25 restrained the channel from telecasting any "defamatory" news report regarding the actor.

The actor moved the court accusing the channel of broadcasting "defamatory" news item. Salman also had sought a written apology from the channel for allegedly maligned his image.

"I am prima facie satisfied that the Defendants (ABP News) are indulging in broadcasting defamatory allegations against the Plaintiff (Salman) which are likely to prejudice the Plaintiff in defence to the pending proceedings before the Sessions Court," said Justice S J Kathawalla while granting the interim relief of injunction.

A Mumbai Sessions court on April 29 would hear Salman's review petition in connection with his infamous hit and run case in which one died and four people were injured.

The 47-year-old actor's application challenges a magistrate court order that changed the charges against him from death by negligence to culpable homicide. The actor had not been summoned to appear before the court and the matter was argued by his lawyers, sources said.

The actor has contended the magistrate erred in invoking IPC section 304 part-II, offences under which are triable by a sessions court and attract 10 years imprisonment. He said the magistrate failed to appreciate that he had neither the intention (to kill people) nor the knowledge that his rash and negligent driving would kill.

Earlier, Salman was tried by a magistrate for causing death by negligence (section 304 A) that provides for two years in jail. After examining 17 witnesses, the magistrate concluded culpable homicide charge was made out against the actor and transferred the case.

On the fateful night of September 28, 2002, the actor allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol had run over his Toyota Land Cruiser on homeless people who were sleeping on the pavement.

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