Court exempts Salman from appearing in hit and run case

A Mumbai court Thursday exempted actor Salman Khan from appearing in a 2002 hit and run case on the ground that it was his birthday Thursday, so a crowd would gather at the court which could lead to a law and order situation.

The court had summoned Khan after social activist Santosh Daundkar pleaded that the police had furnished false evidence and was 'hand-in-glove' with the accused. Daundkar claimed the case has dragged on for over a decade because the police failed to issue summons to the witnesses.

The case dates to September 28, 2002, when Khan allegedly ran over a group of people sleeping on the pavement outside American Express Bakery on Hill Road, killing one and injuring four.

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