A Mumbai court on Wednesday framed charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against actor Salman Khan in an 11-year-old hit-and-run case. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Apart from Section 304(2) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), he was also charged under Sections 279 (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by an act), 338 (causing grievous hurt), 427 (causing damage or mischief to property) of IPC, and provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act and Bombay Prohibition Act.
The actor pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
At the beginning of court proceedings, Justice UB Hejib expressed his inability to frame charges as he has been transferred. Prosecution counsel pleaded that the charges be framed on Wednesday itself as the actor was going abroad for two months and that could result in delay of trial. Following this, Justice Hejib read out the charges to Mr. Khan.
The actor later moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance during the trial and it was granted by the court on a condition that he should remain present in court when necessary.
One person was killed and four were injured on September 28, 2002, when a Land Cruiser, allegedly driven by Mr. Khan, ran into a group of people sleeping on the pavement. The matter will be heard on August 19.