Updated: 12/05/2013 23:06 | By Agence France-Presse

Indian court orders fresh trial for Bollywood's Khan

An Indian court on Thursday ordered a fresh trial for Bollywood star Salman Khan, who is accused of culpable homicide in a hit-and-run case dating back to 2002, reports said.

Indian court orders fresh trial for Bollywood's Khan

Bollywood actor Salman Khan attends an awards’ ceremony in Mumbai, on March 20, 2012

Khan, 47, is alleged to have driven his Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle onto a pavement and over five sleeping homeless people in suburban Mumbai, killing one and injuring four others.

During the decade-long court proceedings, Khan initially faced lesser charges of rash and negligent driving. But prosecutors secured a charge of culpable homicide earlier this year.

On the basis of the more serious charge, Khan applied for a fresh trial discarding earlier evidence.

This was granted by Mumbai Judge D.W. Deshpande on Thursday, the Press Trust of India reported.

Deshpande said all the witnesses would be examined and cross-examined again in the fresh trial, which would be put on fast-track mode.

He fixed December 23 for the prosecution and defence to submit their lists of witnesses, after which a trial date would be fixed.

Prosecutors objected to a fresh trial, calling it a "stalling tactic" by the actor, India's NDTV news network reported.

Khan faces a jail term of up to ten years if found guilty.

The actor has been a controversial figure since he first broke into Bollywood in the late 1980s in the hit romance film "Maine Pyar Kiya" (I Fell in Love). 

In 1998 he spent more than a week in prison for killing endangered Indian gazelles in the western state of Rajasthan.

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