Mumbai, July 24: Bollywood actor Salman Khan might be relieved even after a session court in Mumbai framed charges against him in connection with hit and run case. The court on Wednesday, July 24 said that the actor would be triedunder IPC section 304, culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
However, the actor has been exempted from personal appearance during further court trials. The case has been differed till Aug 19. The actor on Wednesday appeared before the session court and filed a plea seeking exemption in personal appearance.
Lawyer of the complainant, Abha Singh informed that Khan's plea has been granted, however, the actor has to be present in the court whenever he would be called. The actor has been tried in culpable homicide charge which implicates a jail term of 10 year. Salman appeared before the court as it had rejected his plea of quashing charges against him.
Earlier the Mumbai Session Court had dismissed Salman's plea. The actor had appealed against a magistrate's order for his retrial in the 2002 hit-and-run case under stringent charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Salman was earlier tried by a magistrate under lesser charge of causing death by negligence (Section 304A of IPC), that provides for a maximum punishment of two years in jail.
Advancing his argument against invoking the grave charge of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder' under section 304 part II IPC, Salman's lawyer Ashok Mundargi had pleaded that the magistrate's order was "erroneous, bad in law and contrary to evidence on record."
The magistrate, he contended, had failed to appreciate that Salman Khan had neither the intention (to kill people) nor the knowledge that his rash and negligent driving would kill a person and cause injury to four others.
Salman recently has launched a website enlisting all details regarding all cases involving the actor.The landing page of Salman Khan's website says, "Certain court cases are filed against me. There is widespread media reporting of these cases. The reports are sometimes inaccurate and misleading, and cause damage to my reputation, both personal and professional."
"I have been advised to put up this website to provide easy accessible information about the ongoing status of these cases," added the statement.
Continuing the statement, the actor said, "I encourage all those interested in knowing about the cases, particularly the media, to verify facts available on this site."
A social activist, meanwhile, filed a complaint in a local court seeking action against Salman for launching the website alleging that it was contempt of court.