A Mumbai court has ordered a re-trial into the infamous hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan, reports say.
Khan, 47, had been tried for “death caused by negligence” following the incident in September 2002 when one person was killed and four others injured when a Land Cruiser allegedly driven by the actor ploughed into a group of homeless people near his house in Mumbai.
In July this year authorities decided to bring a far more serious charge of “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” against the actor.
The star’s lawyers argued that the evidence and witnesses used in the first trial should be discarded and proceedings begin anew.
In his order on Thursday, Mumbai Sessions court judge DW Deshpande said all the witnesses would be examined and cross-examined again during the trial which would be fast-tracked.
The actor – one of the successful stars in Bollywood and current host of ‘Bigg Boss’, India’s version of Big Brother – faces a jail term of up to ten years if convicted.
The trial is set to begin December 24.