Months after Bollywood actor Salman Khan was sentenced to five-year in jail in the hit-and-run case, the Bombay High Court has defered an appeal till July 13 after the actor’s lawyer sought time to check documents. Salman was convicted by a sessions court on 6 May and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on various counts, including ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’.
The Bollywood Actor’s counsel Amit Desai urged for three weeks’ adjournment to check whether the documents were in order, although the ‘paper book’ (compilation of evidence and documents) was ready and copies have been served to both the sides by the court. Justice A R Joshi has granted adjournment till July 13 to carry out the drill of checking documents.
The Salman’s lawyer said he would need to check whether translation of any document in vernacular language is required to be done in English. He also wanted to check whether any documents were missing, in which case he would file an application seeking a direction to place them on record.
SS Shinde, chief public prosecutor, consented to the adjournment date. Salman was not present in the court, however, his sister Alvira was.
In the 13-year-old hit-and-run case, a man was killed and four others were wounded when the actor’s Toyota Land Cruiser ran over them while they were asleep on a pavement outside a American express bakery in suburban Bandra on 28 September, 2002. Salman has challenged the findings of the trial court that he was drunk and was driving under the influence of liquor.