The ruling came at a hearing on Tuesday when the prosecution submitted a list of 17 witnesses, who will be examined and cross-examined again.

Earlier, the 48-year-old actor was tried for less stringent charge of rash and negligent driving, which attracts a two-year sentence. Salman moved the sessions’ court in November, 2013, seeking a fresh trial in the case since the magistrate's court had not given him an opportunity to cross-examine witnesses in the context of the new charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

Salman was previously charged and tried by a Bandra Magistrate's Court under Indian Penal Code Section 304(A) (rash and negligent driving). After nearly 10 years, the magistrate had held that a case under IPC Section 304 (2) was made out against Salman and sent the case to a sessions’ court for trial, which he challenged.

Besides IPC Section 304(2), Salman also faces charges of causing death by negligence, causing hurt by an act, causing grievous hurt and damage or mischief to property, and charges under the Motor Vehicles Act and the Bombay Prohibition Act.

On September 28, 2002, Salman, while driving his Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, ran over some pavement dwellers near a bakery in Bandra (West).

While one person was killed, four others were injured in the incident.

The original trial started in September, 2005, in the Bandra Magistrate Court. Nearly four years after the accident, the Magistrate's Court had framed 10 charges against the actor on October 6, 2006.

(JPN/Agencies)

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