New judge to conduct Salman Khan trial

Hearing to be held on September 5 so judge can read court documents

Salman Khan
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Salman Khan has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder for killing one person and injuring four others by rash and negligent driving.
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Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s trial in the 2002 hit-and-run case was transferred to a new sessions court of Justice D.W. Deshpande on Monday.

When the matter came up for hearing before the new judge, he said he would hear the case on September 5 as the court documents had reached him only two days ago.

A new public prosecutor has also to be appointed to the trial.

Khan has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder for killing one person and injuring four others by rash and negligent driving.

Another sessions judge, U.B. Hejib, on July 24 framed charges against Khan under Indian Penal Code Sec. 304(2), of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which can attract a 10-year jail term.

The actor has also been charged under other sections of the IPC and provisions of the Bombay Prohibition Act and Motor Vehicles Act. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The actor was granted an exemption from court for two months due to his film commitments.

On September 28, 2002, a Land Cruiser, allegedly driven by Khan, ran over a group of pavement dwellers in suburban Bandra, killing one and injuring four others.