There seems to be no respite for Salman Khan. A hit-and-run case, in which Salman is accused of ramming his SUV into a bakery, killing one person and injuring four others, is back to haunt the actor. On Monday (14th March, 2011), the prosecution moved an application before the Bandra magistrate’s court to enhance the charges against him. The prosecution also sought permission to apply section 304 II of the Indian Penal Code under which Salman will be tried in a sessions court.
Salman Khan was taken into custody in the early hours of September 28, 2002, and booked under section 304 (A) for a rash and negligent driving as he was also found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. The trial of the case began only in 2005. If found guilty, the Dabangg star could face maximum punishment up to 10 years in jail.
Of the 64 witnesses in the case, 11 have been examined by the prosecution of which two, Ravindra Patil (Salman’s police guard) and Ramasray Pandey (witness to the incident), have turned hostile. The prosecution in its application has claimed that there is sufficient direct and circumstantial evidence on record to prove the actor guilty under the enhanced charges. The defence will file its reply on March 22 when the case will be heard in court.
Salman’s trouble with the law doesn’t end here. The actor still has a case pending against him in the high court for poaching black bucks in Mathiana, near Jodhpur. In a recent interview, Salman had claimed that he wasn’t even around when the event happened. It was only last month that the court allowed Salman to go abroad without seeking permission from the court each time.