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Salman KhanMumbai, April 18 (Agency)

After a trial of 13 years, first in the Mumbai Metropolitan Court and then in the Sessions Court, the verdict in the high-profile Salman Khan accident case is round the corner.

 

 Additional Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande said on Saturday that he would announce the date on April 20 for the verdict to be delivered in the case.

 

"I will announce the date of the verdict on Monday (April 20)," Judge Deshpande told special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat and defence counsel Shrikant Shivade in the court.

 

Shivade is expected to complete his final arguments in the case on Monday and when he asked if he could continue it on Tuesday, Judge Deshpande said: "No... You finish your arguments on Monday itself. I will announce the date of the verdict."

 

Salman, 49, faces the serious charge of "culpable homicide not amounting to murder" and if convicted, he could get a maximum sentence of upto 10 years imprisonment.

 

 On September 28, 2002 Salman was involved in the accident that left one person dead and four others injured outside a bakery in Bandra.

Partap BajwaChandigarh, April 18, 2015 (Yes Punjab News)

Despite the infighting within Punjab Congress at its peak, PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa is still hopeful of putting up a united show by Punjab Congress during Rahul Gandhi's much hyped farmers' rally.

 

Speaking to mediapersons here, Bajwa said, about 20,000 farmers from the state would join the all “Vishal Kisan Khet Mazdoor Rally”in the national capital tomorrow being organised in protest against the amendments to the land acquisition legislation by the NDA government which were anti-farmer. 

 

The state Congress would put up a united show on the farmers issue. He said 300 buses and about 1000 cars would head for Delhi for this purpose from Punjab.

 

He lambasted the Akali Dal for supporting the amendments to the land bill in the Lok Sabha that exposed the anti-farmer face of this party which had been claiming itself to be the champion of the farmers

Hafeez SaeedIslamabad, April 18 (Agency)

The chief of Pakistan's banned terror outfit Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD), Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, has expressed support for Kashmiri separatist leader Masrat Alam who has been arrested on sedition charges.

 

"We condemn #MasratAlam arrest! India has always used these failed tactics to suppress Kashmiris, will fail again PakSalutesMasratAlam," Hafiz Saeed tweeted on Friday.

 

He also said the Pakistan government should intervene in Kashmir.

 

"Pakistan government should not remain silent on continuous atrocities on Kashmiris! or history will never forgive," he said in another tweet.

 

In a swift anti-terror move, Pakistan had banned the JuD in January this year and nine other outfits suspected of fundamentalism and money laundering for terror groups.

 

The government also froze the bank accounts of JuD and barred its leader Hafiz Saeed from leaving the country for foreign travel.

 

However, despite the ban, the terror outfit's chief is often reported fanning hatred against India in Pakistani media.

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