Salman Khan’s lawyer Ashok Mundargi had argued against invoking the grave charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ (section 304 part II IPC).
His lawyer had pleaded that the magistrate’s order was “erroneous, bad in law and contrary to evidence on record.”
The offence under this section attracts a 10-year jail term and is triable by a sessions court.
Salman Khan was earlier tried by a magistrate under lesser charge of causing death by negligence (Section 304A of IPC), that provides for a maximum punishment of two years in jail.
However, in a twist to the case, the metropolitan magistrate, after examining 17 witnesses, had brought forth the more serious charge of culpable homicide against the 47-year-old superstar and transferred it to a sessions court for re-trial.
Salman Khan’s lawyer also filed written submissions on the appeal and made oral arguments.