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Hit and run case: Salman Khan's lawyer buys more time, next hearing on April 8
Salman Khan, who came back Sunday from the US, was expected to appear in the court for hearing of the 2002 hit-and-run case today (Monday), but his lawyers have managed to buy the actor more time. They pleaded for time to file a document, the details of which they did not disclose. Granting their wish, the Mumbai Sessions court deferred the hearing till April 8.

The actor, according to The Times of India, was not personally present in the court, a speculation that was fueled by his return from the US. This morning a lawyer on the behalf of Salman Khan's senior counsel, Ashok Mundargi, appeared in the Sessions court to plead for time as they wanted to file some document.

Sessions Court Judge U B Hejib wants to listen to the actor's appeal, which would challenge the Bandra Magistrate’s charges of ''culpable homicide not amounting to murder'. This offense can give a person as long as 10 years of jail time. Justice Hejib also said that he would look into and decide on Khan's revised application in a case where he is facing a charge of running over people sleeping on a footpath in suburban Bandra, killing one and injuring four others.

There are two ways that the matter will be dealt with after Judge Hejib listens to Khan's application- the court may reject his application to go on with the trial or the matter would be referred back to the magistrate.

This is not the first time that the actor is having a brush with the law as earlier he was tried by a magistrate under the lesser charge of 'causing death by negligence' (Section 304 A), which is punishable with two years imprisonment.

Many showed their amazement at Khan's decision of not appearing in the court today while others felt that it is perfectly normal for him to not make an appearance as in the past he was summoned to the courts but he never showed up. At that point of time, the judge was not decided.

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