Witnesses identify Salman Khan, might face 10 yrs jail
Salman Khan is again in trouble water. Two witnesses produced in the court in connection to 2002 hit-and-run case have identified Salman Khan. They recognized the actor and according to reports, they have seen the actor running over his car over the pavement on September 28th night and killing one and injuring four others.
Two more witnesses are likely to depose in the court and if they also recognize Salman Khan then the actor might face a jail term of not less than 10 years. He was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser on the unfortunate night. The actor’s bodyguard, constable Ravindra Patil, who claimed that Sallu was drunk at the time of the accident, died of tuberculosis in October 2007.
Salman Khan was accompanied by his sisters Alvira and Arpita to the court.
Sessions judge D W Deshpande had ordered a fresh trial of the case. There are total 64 witnesses but as per public prosecutor all the witnesses will not be examined.
The prosecution had submitted documents such as death certificate of the person who was killed in the mishap and injury certificates of those who were injured in this case.
The case dates back to September 28, 2002 when Salman Khan’s Toyota Land cruiser drove over five people who were sleeping on the footpath near Hill road in Bandra. In this accident, one lost his life and four others were severely injured.
After the accident, Salman Khan drove away in his car and appeared for surrender after eight hours. Eye witnesses said that it was Salman who was driving the vehicle though Salman denies the allegation. Since, he surrendered after eight hours, he and his family maintain the incident as accident though police reported it as hit and run case. Medical report further revealed that Salman was under the influence of alcohol when the incident took place.
The case against him changed from ‘rash and negligent driving’ to a serious offense ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’ which carries a jail term of 10 years and for which Salman Khan has asked for a fresh trial. The court said that all the witnesses and the evidences will be re-examined.