A sessions court rejected Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s plea for a three-week adjournment of the 2002 hit-and-run case in which he is facing charges of killing one person and injuring four by ramming his car into a shop in 2002.
The actor had pleaded for adjournment on the ground that his presence was required in a Jodhpur court trying him in the endangered black buck killing case. He was responding to a direction given by a Mumbai court to appear on March 27 to record his statement.
Khan’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade moved an application today seeking adjournment of the proceedings in the Mumbai court for three weeks, which the prosecution strongly opposed.
Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat argued that priority should be given to the hit-and-run trial as its programme was fixed by the sessions court before the Jodhpur court schedule was finalised.
The prosecutor argued that trial in the hit-and-run case was going on a day-to-day basis and hence the proceedings in the Mumbai sessions court should be given priority over the hearing in Jodhpur court.
Judge D W Deshpande, after hearing both the sides, rejected Salman’s application, making it compulsory for him to appear before the court on March 27 when his statement will be recorded under section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
While giving statement, Khan will get an opportunity to explain his line of defence in the case and also the court may ask him questions to clarify things if it so wants.
The sessions court also rejected another application of the actor seeking recall of the first investigating officer.
The actor contended that he wanted to cross-examine the police officer regarding the omissions and contradictions made by the deceased police constable Ravindra Patil who is the complainant in the case.
However, the court observed that since the lower court (magistrate), during the earlier trial, had not posed questions of omissions and contradictions to the witness himself, who is no more now, the investigating officer cannot be questioned about it.
Meanwhile, the prosecution told the court that it had closed the evidence in the case.