The Bollywood superstar — who is accused of driving an SUV onto five sleeping men in September 2002 — have to face a fresh trial after prosecutors succeeded in substituting the charge of 'causing death by negligence' with the graver 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder'. If convicted, the actor could face upto 10 years in jail.

All evidence and witnesses in the case will be re-examined.

The case has gone from court to court with arguments centred on whether Mr Khan was driving the car that day or not. The Mumbai police say they have enough evidence against the actor.

The original trial started in September 2005 in the Bandra magistrate court. Nearly four years after the accident, on October 06, 2006, the magistrate`s court had framed 10 charges against the actor.

The trial had commenced before the magistrate court in 2006. Over the years, the prosecution had examined 17 out of 39 witnesses. Among them was the complainant, police constable Ravindra Patil, who was assigned to protect Khan after the actor complained of underworld threats.

The policeman was with Khan in his car when the incident occurred on September 28, 2002, and gave two statements to the police. He stood by the second statement, where Patil said that he had warned Salman to slow down, but the actor paid no heed.

The first statement had no mention of Khan's inebriation.

Patil died during the course of the trial.


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