Actor Salman Khan will appear in court today, to put up his defence and explain the circumstances, with respect to his infamous, 2002 hit and run case. All eyes are set on this high-profile case.
The actor will be given an opportunity to give his version, about the mishap, that happened in the wee hours of 28th September, 2002, when he rammed his Toyota Land Cruiser on the people, who were sleeping on a pavement, next to a bakery in Bandra, which killed one and injured four others.
Judge DW Deshpande has summoned Salman, to appear today, to give his statement under section 313 of Code of Criminal Procedures (CrPc) which comes at the fag end of the trial after the prosecution closed its evidence by examining more than 25 witnesses in court.
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Under this provision of CrPc, not only the accused gets a chance to put across his contention on the evidence adduced by the prosecution but also the court can ask him questions to clarify any ambiguity that may have cropped up during the trial, special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat told the Press Trust of India.
After his statement is recorded, Salman would also get an opportunity to examine defence witnesses if he wants to do so. The court would then hear arguments of both the sides before giving its verdict, Mr Gharat said.
Earlier, Salman had denied allegations that, he was under the influence of liquor and that, he was driving the car at the time of mishap.
Besides the charge of culpable homicide (Sec 304 part two Indian Penal Code), the actor is also facing charges of causing death of one person by negligent driving (Sec 279), causing hurt to persons by act endangering personal safety (Sec 337) and causing damage to property (Sec 427).
He is also facing charges under the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act (driving without licence), and provisions of Bombay Prohibition Act (driving after consuming liquor).