MUMBAI: Indian court demanded to complete Salman Khan trial in hit-and run incident by December, “It’s been almost 13 years since this case has been going on,” the judge said.
The trial in the hit-and-run incident involving actor Salman Khan has been on for more than a decade, it should be completed by December, observed a sessions court on Monday. Judge D W Deshpande also expressed displeasure over the actor’s absence in court during proceedings. “I remember I had directed the accused to remain present today,” the judge said. But the court granted the exemption plea filed by the defence.
But on December 3, Khan will have to be present in court when two witnesses, a chemical analyzer and a motor vehicle inspector will depose.
The prosecution’s allegation was in response to Salman‘s lawyer Shrikant Shivade pleading that the defence wasn’t provided with a list of witnesses despite the court’s order.
However, the judge responded by saying that there were no new witnesses and that their names were already mentioned in the charge sheet. He further added that during the trial the evidence should be recorded but it is digressing from the main issue. “It’s been almost 13 years since this case has been going on. it should end by December end,“ the judge said.
Two more witnesses were examined in court on Monday. The first witness was insurance agent Gurcharan Malhotra who denied making the insurance papers for the vehicle, and the second was Mark D’Souza, a counter clerk with American Express Cleaners
The case will now be heard on December 3 when a motor vehicle inspector and a chemical analysis expert are likely to depose.