Hearing in Salman case resumes today

Hearing in Salman case resumes today

Hearing in Salman case resumes today

The Mumbai Sessions Court, which is hearing actor Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case, will take a call on the evidence provided by Ravindra Patil, the late police bodyguard, who had told the Magistrate court that he had warned the actor against rash driving.

Patil was accompanying Khan when the accident took place. He died of tuberculosis in 2007. The arguments will be heard on Saturday.

Last month, Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat had requested Additional Sessions Judge D W Deshpande, who is presiding over the trial, to rely on the evidence of the two crucial witnesses recorded by the magistrate.

While Patil, a witness, is no more, the other witness is a government doctor, who had conducted the post-mortem of the victim.  However, the latter has now settled in the United States and is unable to come. As far as the evidence of Patil is concerned, Khan’s defence lawyer Shrikant Shivade had admitted that Patil had died but disputed the reason of death.

Patil had told the Magistrate at Bandra that on the fateful day, he had warned Khan against driving rashly, but the actor did not listen to him. He had also alleged that the actor was under the influence of liquor, a charge denied by Salman.

The trial in the case, which dragged on for over a decade, had taken a twist when a city magistrate, after examining 17 witnesses, held that the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was made out against the 49-year-old actor, and referred it to the Sessions court.

Khan now faces this charge, which attracts a jail term up to a maximum of 10 years.
The case dates back to September 28, 2002, when Salman Khan’s Land Cruiser knocked down a man near a A1 bakery in Bandra, and injured four others. The actor was allegedly at the wheel and under the influence of alcohol.