Court set to deliver Salman's hit-and-run case verdict tomorrow


Dabaang Salman Khan’ s fate will be decided in the long running  hit-and-run case, as a Mumbai court is set to deliver its verdict on the May 6 . The actor is accused of killing a bakery worker and injuring four others due to rash driving.

The incident took place in the early hours of September 28, 2002 when Salman rammed his cruiser into American Express Bakery on Hill Road, Bandra, allegedly in an inebriated condition. His friend singer Kamal Khan was also said to be in the car However, the 49-year-old actor has maintained that he was not driving the vehicle, ever since the inception of the case 13 years ago.

The police had arrested him on September 28 and took him to JJ Hospital for a test to check his blood alcohol level. The bone of contention between Salman’s Shrikant Shivade and special public prosecutor Pradip Gharat Shrikant Shivade and special public prosecutor Pradip Gharat defence counsel Shrikant Shivade and special public defence lawyer Shrikant Shivade and public prosecuter Pradip Gharat is whether Salman was driving the car or not and where its occupants were heading to. 

According to Shivade , his client was on the front passenger seat. As for the death of the bakery employee, it was an accident that happened when the crane lifting the crashed vehicle broke, and the car fell on him, resulting in his death. The reliability of the complainant Ravindra Patil’s statements was also questioned.  Patil, who died in 2007, was the actor’s bodyguard when the incident happened and was said to be with him in the car. He had in his complaint said that he asked the actor to slow down. But because of his death, his statements could not be cross-examined. The defence counsel further said police arrested the star to pacify the agitated mob that had gathered at the accident spot.

Meanwhile, the film industry is worried as an investment of Rs 200 crore is riding on him. Salman’s films ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo’ are in the last leg of shooting.  He is also said to have committed to do four more films including  ‘Dabaang 3’ and ‘Entry Mein No Entry’.

 The actor has a long list of box office successes and the industry is hoping that nothing terrible happens to the superstar.