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The hearing in Bollywood actor Salman Khan's 2002 hit-and-run case will now take place in October. On Monday, the Bombay High Court adjourned the hearing in the 2002 hit-and-run case for two weeks.

The hearing of Salman's appeal against conviction was set to take place on a daily basis from 21 September.

Meanwhile, Salman's lawyer Amit Desai on Monday said that the prosecution tutored its witnesses.

Four witnesses Muslim Nimayat Shaikh, Mannu Khan, Mohammed Kalim Iqbal Pathan and Mohammed Abdullah Shaikh had reportedly told the trial court that they had seen Salman getting down from the driver's side of the car.

However, Desai argued that if they were trapped underneath the car how did they see Salman getting down from the driver's seat. 

"If they were (trapped) underneath the car, as alleged by the prosecution, then how could they see the actor getting down from the right side of the vehicle?," Desai said, according to Press Trust of India.

"Shaikh himself was injured and how was it possible for an injured man writhing in pain to see who is getting down from the vehicle?," Desai added.

"Also, this witness didn't say whether Salman got down from the front seat or the rear side, all he said was he had seen the actor getting down from the right side. This shows the witness was tutored."

Justice A R Joshi is currently hearing Salman's appeal against the 6 May sessions court verdict.

On 6 May, Additional Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande convicted Salman in the 2002 hit-and-run case on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced him to five-year jail term.

However, two days later the Bombay High Court suspended his jail term and asked Salman to surrender before sessions court to get a fresh bail bond.

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