MUMBAI: The date to decide upon the fate of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the famous 2002 Hit and Run case is not far. While the verdict is to be announced on May 6 that will decide upon the actor’s destiny, Judge DW Deshpande who has been directing the case has been transferred to Satara.

Confirming the reports of transfer development, the registrar of the Bombay High Court informed that the transfer was a part of annual general transfer list and the judge was due for a transfer.

87 other judges apart from Deshpande were a part of the list that was to be transferred.

Even though the transfer order of Deshpande is out, the judge will shift to Satara only after he announces the final judgment in Salman’s hit-an-run episode on May 6. 

According to the transfer rules, a judge is expected to conclude the judgment in all cases which he has been hearing.

Both prosecution and defence concluded their arguments in the case that is almost 13-year-old on April 20. 

Deshpande has been controlling the case since 2013 and examined 27 prosecution witnesses, one defence witness and put across 419 questions to the actor during the trial.

The ‘Dabangg’ actor has been fighting several charges since September 2002 after his Land Cruiser supposedly ran over five people sleeping on the footpath outside American Express bakery on Hill Road in Bandra which killed one person and injured four more people. Even though the witnesses have confirmed of the actor driving the car on that particular night, Salman Khan denied all such charges. (Also Read: Salman Hit-and-Run Case: All you need to know about the case)


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