The court pointed out that the case was eleven years old case. Hence, the prosecution should start trial without wasting any more time. Court's remark surfaced after the prosecution's demand of allotting them more time so that they can submit certain documents which will prove more serious charges against the Bollywood actor.
"When the prosecution sought more time, the court said that it was the last chance. The matter will be heard on Feb 12," said Salman Khan's lawyer Shrikant Shivde.
When the prosecution sought more time, court said that it was the last chance
On Dec 5, 2013, the sessions court had ordered commencement of a fresh trial in the case. The grounds for the fresh trial was that Salman Khan was not given opportunity to examine witnesses in the context of the enhanced charges of culpable homicide under Indian Penal Code Section 304(2) slapped on him midway during the trial.
Earlier, the actor was tried by a magistrate court for the lesser offence of causing death by negligence which attracts jail of up to two years. After examining 17 witnesses, the magistrate court held that the higher charge of culpable homicide was made out against Salman Khan and referred it to the sessions court.
The high-profile case dates back to Sep 28, 2002 when a SUV Toyota Land Cruiser allegedly driven by Salman Khan ran over some pavement dwellers in Bandra west, killing one and injuring four.
Session court's remark regarding the fresh trials surfaced just days after Salman Khan's statement on BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
Praising both political leaders, Salman Khan said, "I like Rahul Gandhi. If he calls me I will definitely go to campaign for him." The 'Jai Ho' actor also claimed, "Modi does not need me in Gujarat. He is very popular." However, he is willing to campaign for Modi.