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Rajinikanth cancels his birthday celebrations
Superstar Rajinikanth has cancelled his 65th birthday celebration following the devastating flood in Chennai. He has also asked his fans to concentrate on the relief work.
Sources have said that Rajinikanth was supposed to celebrate his 65th birthday in a grand manner like every year and his fans association had big plans for the day. But as Chennai struggles to get back to normalcy after incessant rains wrecked havoc, the superstar feels that it is not the time to celebrate the occasion. Hence, he has cancelled all the plans.
Rajinikanth also told the heads of his fans association that the only way they can make the day special is by indulging in relief work. Sources claim that the launch of his forthcoming movie "Endhiran 2" has also been postponed, which was supposed to coincide with his birthday celebration on 12 December.
Meanwhile, Rajinikanth has donated Rs 10 lakh towards Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Raghavendra Mandapam is also working relentlessly by providing food and shelter for the needy. His son-in-law Dhanush has contributed Rs 5 lakh for the victims.
On the other hand, Rajinikanth has completed the latest shooting schedule of his forthcoming film "Kabali" held in Malaysia. The superstar plays the role of an underworld don in the flick and Radhika Apte plays the female lead in the film directed by Pa Ranjith.
After completing this movie, Rajinikanth will begin "Endhiran 2" directed by Shankar. It is likely to begin mid of 2016 and go on for a year.
The Bombay High Court will dwell on several major aspects of the 13-year-old accident case involving Bollywood megastar Salman Khan, including the critical enhancement of 'causing death by negligence' charge to one of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder'.
Justice A.R. Joshi started the open court dictation of his much-anticipated verdict in Salman's appeal against the conviction and five-year sentence awarded by a Sessions Court in May in the September 28, 2002 accident which left a pavement dweller dead and four others injured.
"The charges were elevated from Section 304-A (causing death by negligence) to 304-II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), from the Metropolitan Magistrate to the Sessions Court. We would be examining it in detail at an approprirate place, " said Justice Joshi.
The court pointed out that when the evidence of Ravindra Patil, the deceased police bodyguard assigned to Salman, was recorded and his cross-examination was conducted by the magistrate court, the main section was Section 304-A. But when his statement was taken on recod in the Sessions Court, it was under 304-II.
"In such a case, whether the statement can be taken on record under Indian Evidence Act Section 33 would be analysed in detail, " Justice Joshi said.
He pointed out that Patil was dead and not available for cross-examination now.
During the initial dictation of his verdict, Justice Joshi classified the witnesses examined by the court into various categories for analysis and perspective, based on the submissions by defence lawyer Amit Desai and Chief Public Prosecutor Sandeep Shinde.
The judge also said that the issue of the drunken charge against Salman had to be critically examined as the evidence of some of the injured in the accident was not devoid of minor discrepancies.
The four injured witnesses are Nimayat Shaikh, Mannu Khan, Mohammed Kalim Iqbal Pathan and Mohammed Abdullah Shaikh.