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High Court defers Salman Khan's appeal in hit-and-run case to 13 July

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NEW DELHI: The Bombay High Court deferred till 13 July an appeal filed by actor Salman Khan against the five-year sentence awarded to him in the hit-and-run case as his lawyer sought time to check documents.





Justice A R Joshi granted adjournment till 13 July though Khan’s counsel Amit Desai wanted three weeks adjournment to check whether the documents were in order. 





The actor's lawyer said that 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. 





Chief public prosecutor S S Shinde consented to the adjournment date. Khan’s sister Alvira was present in the court. 





The High Court had on 8 May stayed the execution of the 5-year sentence awarded to 49-year-old actor in the 13-year-old case and granted him bail while admitting his appeal.

Khan had been convicted by a Sessions Court on 6 May and sentenced to five years' imprisonment on various counts including 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder'. 





A man was killed and four others were wounded when the actor's Toyota Land Cruiser ran over them while they were asleep on a pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra on 28 September 2002. 





Khan has challenged the findings of the trial court that he was drunk and was driving under the influence of liquor. The actor pleaded that the trial court had wrongly convicted him under the culpable homicide charge because he had no knowledge that he would meet with an accident. 

He has argued that the trial court had failed to appreciate the fact that four prosecution witnesses including the investigating officer had said there were four persons present in the Toyota Land Cruiser when the accident occurred and that it was the family driver Ashok Singh who was at the wheel. 

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