Hit-and-run case: Salman’s blood samples were not preserved

Salman Khan’s counsel Amit Desai argued on Monday that no proper procedure were maintained to  collect the actor’s blood sample in 2002 hit-and-run case and it is unclear whether the blood samples belong to him or some other person. Salman Khan, who was convicted in 2002 hit-and-run case and later his conviction withdrawn was said to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

He said, "The prosecution has not examined the constable who brought blood samples drawn from Khan to the Bandra police station, so we don't know the identity of the constable who delivered the samples. It is also not known to whom the doctors at JJ Hospital gave the blood samples. This is a heavy burden on the prosecution to prove."

He also argued that vials in which the samples were collected and the seals of the hospital are not preserved by the police. Only what is available are the labels put on the vials. “The seal and vials (of Salman’s blood samples) were not preserved and this creates a doubt whether the blood samples were that of Salman or someone else’s,” said Salman’s lawyer Amit Desai, arguing the actor’s appeal before Justice AR Joshi.

“All this puts a heavy burden on prosecution to prove that Salman had taken drinks,” said the lawyer.

He also argued that the word ‘alcohol’ was not written in the Emergency Patients Record or the casualty register at the hospital which raises serious contradictory.

Desai urged that there was a need for explanation. “There is serious doubt about the manner in which blood was drawn, who it was handed over to and the condition in which it was handed over,” he said.

Questioned also arise who took the blood samples from J J Hospital to the Bandra police station.

“What went out of J J Hospital was not what was received by the chemical analyser,” he said, arguing that the seal of the sample was not preserved, only the label of the sample was.

On September 28, 2002, Khan ran his Toyota Land Cruiser over sleeping people on a pavement outside a bakery in Bandra, killing one and injuring five others.