Although the 'paper book' (compilation of evidence and documents) is ready and copies have been served to both the sides by the court), Salman'scounsel Amit Desai urged for three weeks' adjournment to check whether the documents were in order.

Justice A R Joshi, however, granted adjournment till July 13 to carry out the drill of checking documents. The actor'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.

On behalf of the Maharashtra government, Chief Public Prosecutor S S Shinde consented to the adjournment date. Salman did not come to the court. His sister Alvira was, however, present.

The HC had on May 8 stayed the execution of the 5-year sentence awarded to 49-year-old Salman in the 13-year-old case and granted him bail while admitting his appeal. Salman was convicted by a sessions court on May 6 and sentenced to five years' imprisonment on various counts, including 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder'.




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