Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's plea for bail and appeal against his five-year jail term in the September 2002 accident case comes before the Bombay High Court today (May 8).
The actor's pleas will come up before Justice A.M. Thipsay who granted him interim bail for two days on medical and other grounds on May 6, soon after his conviction and sentencing by a lower court.
Salman's case for bail and appeal against the lower court ruling will be argued by Senior High Court lawyer Amit Desai. In a sudden development, Salman's defense team decided to change the lawyer.
Earlier, senior Supreme Court lawyer Harish Salve who argued the interim bail application two days ago was expected to appear on behalf of the actor.
However, Salman who has been on bail for nearly 13 years, is not likely to be present in the court.
The interim bail had come hours after Salman was found guilty and subsequently sentenced to five years in jail, plus a fine of Rs.25,000 by Additional Sessions Judge D. W. Deshpande, who had pronounced him guilty on all the prosecution charges.
Salman's team of lawyers, including Salve and Shivade moved to the high court and secured the interim relief. The hearing would be crucial for the actor since it is the final working day of the High Court before it goes for annual summer vacations till June 8.