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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 July, 2003, 11:16 GMT 12:16 UK
Bollywood star trial postponed
Salman Khan
Salman Khan has pleaded not guilty
A court in the Indian city of Bombay (Mumbai) has adjourned the trial of Bollywood star Salman Khan in a hit-and-run case.

Khan faces charges of culpable homicide in connection with a car accident in September last year, in which one person was killed and three others injured.

But he has appealed to the High Court to drop the charge and on Wednesday his lawyers successfully argued that the trial, which is taking place in a lower court, be delayed until a ruling on his plea.

The trial will now reconvene on 10 September after the High Court delivers its verdict on Friday.

No show

Wednesday was to be the first day of the high profile trial and Salman Khan was to appear in person.

But his lawyer, Shyam Kumar Marwadi, told the court he was undergoing medical treatment in the United States and therefore was unable to come to the court.

If the high court upholds our petition and dismisses the charges against him the question of the trial does not arise then
Shyam Kumar Marwadi
Defence lawyer
The judge took a serious view of it and warned that the actor's bail would be cancelled if he failed to appear in the next hearing.

Prosecutor RV Kini told the BBC the actor's lawyers had not submitted a medical certificate in support of their claim that the actor was being treated in the US.

He alleged that the defence was only trying to delay the trial and that the prosecution had lined up four witnesses to testify in court.

But Mr Marwadi said the trial could only resume after the High Court's ruling on their petition on Friday.

"If the high court upholds our petition and dismisses the charges against him the question of the trial does not arise then," he said.

The Bollywood star was formally charged with culpable homicide in May.

If found guilty he could face a prison term of up to 10 years.

Hit-and-run

Salman Khan was involved in the hit-and-run case when his Toyota Landcruiser rammed into a Mumbai bakery at high speed.

He was arrested the next day but released on bail 10 days later.

The case made the headlines across India especially because of Khan's reputation for reckless behaviour.

In October 1998 he was arrested by police in Rajasthan state for allegedly shooting two black bucks, an endangered species.

That case is still pending in Rajasthan courts.

More recently, Khan has been in the news after upcoming Bollywood star, Vivek Oberoi, accused him of abusing and threatening him over his relations with actress Aishwarya Rai.

Salman Khan, who was Rai's former boyfriend, has made no public comment on the incident.


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