Once again, Salman Khan has been exempted from appearing in the court, following the 2002 hit-and-run case. If reports are to be believed, this is the 83rd time that the superstar has been exempted his court appearance.
Apparently, Salman was to appear in the court on 27 December, which also happened to be his birthday. However, instead ofthe birthday boy, his sisters Alvira and Arpita, and his lawyer Dipesh Mehta appeared at the Bandra court on behalf of him.
Later, a petition was filed by Santosh Daundkar asking about the inordinate delay in the case proceedings. The petition says, “The Salman hit-and-run case happened in 2002 but the trial in this case is still far to end, even though more than 10 years have elapsed and 90 court hearings have taken place”.
Santosh’s petition also accuses the Mumbai police
Daundkar’s petition accuses the Mumbai police for letting the star go so easily. “It is the generosity of the Mumbai police which has helped Salman evade the powerful clutches of the law for so long… A perusal of the roznama (record of daily proceedings) of the Court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Bandra reveals a startling story of how Mumbai police has indulged in nepotistic acts in ensuring that the trial of Salman Khan gets delayed. It is precisely because of this nexus that 10 years have passed but the end of the trial is still far away”.
June 10 2005 saw the Bombay High Court exempting Khan from making appearances personally, but if necessary, the authority could summon him. Since then, Salman Khan is taking maximum advantage of this privileged.
However, Santosh’s, regarding this order, has a question to the Mumbai police. “Police has never made an application to the court for personal appearance to expedite the trial. As seen from almost all the 98 pages of the roznama, Salman Khan has remained absent on every date. He has remained absent for more than 82 times from the hearings of the case”.
“The police could have made an application to the trial court to summon him, so that the trial would be speeded up. In other words, the Mumbai Police, especially Bandra police, is helping Khan illegally,” said Abha Singh, Daundkar’s lawyer.
“Salman Khan is getting the unfair advantage of such exemption. It was the duty of the Mumbai police to have moved the appropriate court to get the exemption order cancelled,” said Amit Nalawade, a noted criminal lawyer.
The Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate Court will hear the case next on Jan 30.