Hit-and-run: Court relief for Salman

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 09:43 hrs

A Mumbai court on Thursday exempted Bollywood superstar Salman Khan from appearing before it in connection to the hearing on a petition that accused the actor of delaying the trial in the 2002 hit-and-run case.

The Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate Court will hear the case next on Jan 30.

Khan´s sisters, Alvira and Arpita, and lawyer Dipesh Mehta on Thursday filed a petition that sought his exemption from appearing before the court.

"The summon has been served and I am waiting for the court to call me. We have been with the law and done what the law required us to do," Khan told media.

Lawyer-activist Abha Singh earlier this month moved an application before the court alleging that Khan was delaying trial in the case.

The court then issued summons to the actor.

Pertinently, Khan is celebrating his birthday on Thursday.

On 28 Sept 2002, Khan was arrested for rash and negligent driving.

His car had run into a bakery in Mumbai; one person who was sleeping on the pavement outside the bakery died and three others were injured in the mishap.

The charges of culpable homicide were laid against him, but later dropped, and he was found not guilty.

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