Friday 19 July 2013

REVEALED: Salman Khan's lawyer appeals for a gag order on media in 2002 hit-and-run case

Inside the court today, Salman Khan's lawyer urged before the judge that the media should be restricted in their coverage for the 2002 hit-and-run case and should be barred from projecting Salman in a poor light. The verdict for this will also be out on July 24.

Here's a blow by blow account of what happened inside:

Salman Khan reached the Mumbai sessions court from his Bandra residence today at 11 am for the trial of his 2002 hit-and-run case. Sisters Arpita and Alvira had already reached the court for the hearing by that time. Aditya Pancholi was also spotted there, standing in support of Salman Bhai - not to forget that he is going to launch Aditya's son Suraj in a Bollywood film.

After more than an hour, we got to know the conversation between Salman Khan's lawyer and the public prosecutor Abha Singh. Abha stepped out of the court and gave details to the media on what all happened inside the court and what was Salman Khan doing.

To begin with, Salman entered the courtroom and sat amongst the audience, though he was expected to head straight to the witness box - where the main accused is supposed to stand the minute he walks in. After a while, the actor was asked to stand in the witness box and the proceedings started.  

The public prosecutor, in her objection to this plea, argued that all these years when the police department has been exceptionally supportive of Salman in this case, there were no objections by the prosecution. So, now, when the media is bringing the full story of his case to the public, why is his legal team rasing objections?

Nevertheless, the media projection was also raised as a point during the trial today and Abha Singh said that whether a restraint will be imposed on the media or not -- will also be decided on July 24, on the day of Salman's trial in the sessions court.

So far no charges have been imposed on Salman. It is on July 24 that charges of drunken driving and culpable homicide will be imposed by the sessions court on Salman.



Salman has been asked to appear in the sessions court on July 24 for his trial. If he will not be present before the court that day, he will be arrested.

While Abha Singh, the public prosecutor, spoke to the media the moment she stepped out after the court proceedings, Salman's lawyer, headed straight towards the car and did not speak to the public or the paparazzi.


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