Hit-And-Run case: Salman Khan’s case diary goes missing
It was reported that the original case diary of Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case went missing. The case dates back to 2001 and it is found that the original case diary was misplaced and could not be traced. The next hearing of the case was adjourned till September 12, 2014 and the Mumbai sessions court ordered the IO (Investigating Officer) to be present in the court.
Not only the case diary but the original documents related
to 2001 hit-and-run case could not be located. The sessions court in Mumbai today gave them a
last chance to locate the papers by September 12.
Earlier, police informed the court that only seven of the 63 original statements of witnesses were traceable, although true copies were available.
Salman's lawyer Srikant Shivade argued that to carry o the trail the original papers were required to be produced as per law but police contradicts that that as per practice in Mumbai courts the trial can go on with the true copies.
Judge DW Deshpande asked the police to investigate the matter and give him the details of their investigations in the next hearing. According to the police, the original papers were kept in a Magistrate's court where the trial was held since 2001. They added that the papers and case diary went missing when the trial was recently shifted from Magistrate's court to sessions court after Salman was charged with culpable homicide.
The judge also asked the then Investigating officer Kishan
Shengal, who is now retired from service, to appear in court on September 12
and throw light on the missing papers.
Mr Shivade urged that the case is very sensitive and original documents need to be produced as true copies would not do as per law.