The case was transferred to a new sessions court of Justice DW. Deshpande on Monday. When the matter came up for hearing before the new judge, he extended it on September 5 as the case papers reached him only two days ago.

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

The actor was slapped with charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder by a Sessions court last month. If found guilty, the actor would face upto 10 years of imprisonment.

The actor was not present in the court as he was exempted from personal appearance in the last hearing.

Apart from section 304 (2) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), the Bollywood superstar 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 Motor Vehicles Act and Bombay Prohibition Act.

One person was killed and four others were injured when the Land Cruiser, allegedly driven by Salman Khan, crushed a group of people sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002.

In the previous hearing, Salman's lawyer Srikant Shivade had urged the court to direct the media to observe restraint as too much publicity was being given to the case and also the proceedings were not correctly reported. Following this, the judge had asked the media to observe restraint in coverage and report correctly the proceedings of the case.

The Sessions Court had on June 24 upheld the magistrate's order that the offence of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was made out against the 47-year-old superstar and dismissed his appeal against the verdict.

The actor had earlier been tried by a metropolitan magistrate for a lesser offence of causing death by negligence (Section 304 A of IPC), which provides for a maximum sentence of two years.


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