Bollywood superstar Salman Khan‘s trial under Arms Act Case has been put off till July 20. This was being carried out in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate. The trial was pushed forward in the wake of Salman Khan challenging the lower court’s verdict in the High Court. The hearing will now take place on July 20th in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Jodhpur district. It is subject to decision of the petition in the High Court, where the matter has been listed for July 8th.
Salman Khan’s counsel H M Saraswat moved an application seeking deferment in the wake of stay on the trial granted by the High Court until the petition was decided. H M Saraswat said, “We had moved a criminal miscellaneous petition in the High Court seeking permission to call 5 prosecution witnesses for re-examination. The court allowed the same on May 28 and stayed the hearing in the trial court.”
Salman Khan had recorded his statement in the trial court pleading innocence. The court had then given him a chance to produce evidence on May 4. But the Session Court had stayed the trial after Khan’s petition seeking permission to call 5 prosecution witnesses. Following this petition, the trial was held up, with the court giving the fresh date of June 1.
Justice Nirmal Jeet Kaur allowed this petition on May 28 and stayed the hearing in the trial court until the same was decided. Now the prosecution will have to wait until the order is passed by the High Court on the defences criminal miscellaneous petition.