Missing papers of Salman's hit-and-run case found

While professionally Salman Khan is riding high on the big box office success of ‘Kick’, his legal matters grow to be more complicated. Only a few days ago the trial of Salman’s infamous hit-and-run case had taken a new turn when the news became public that police had informed the court in June that the original witness statements as well as the case diary has gone missing.

First they failed to produce the documents till 25th July. The session’s court expressed unhappiness over the incident and gave a 12th September deadline to the police to find and submit the documents. Amidst heavy criticism from media, the police department went in overdrive to locate the missing documents.

But now, much to their relief, police has located the missing documents.  The papers were found in the room of an inspector at the Bandra Police station during a corner to corner search that was going on for four days. A team formed by DCP Satyanarayan Chaudhary, who recently took charge of the zone, found the documents.

DCP Satyanarayan Chaudhary said, “We have found almost all the papers that had been missing… It was my priority to trace the papers, since I had taken charge of this zone. Earlier, there was only one officer assigned to locate the documents. But, I assigned two inspectors and four constables, and their work was monitored by an assistant commissioner of police.”

The papers will now be submitted at court on 12th September, the date of the next hearing. One of the team members said, “We worked round-the-clock to trace the papers. Even on Sundays, the team went to court and browsed through the record rooms to locate the missing files.” Another member of the team said, their search began by talking with all those who had handled the original case papers after it was registered.

Public prosecutors and court clerks were also questioned. Finally, one member found the papers today (Tuesday) morning, in one of the inspector’s room. A police official from the Bandra police station said that the case papers must have been put there by junior staff.

While claiming it was not a deliberate act, the officer added, "However we are going to fix the responsibility of the persons in the incident in our inquiry report. There was no ulterior motive behind it. They handled the sensitive case paper with casual approach, so they should face action for their negligence." The discovery of the papers is vital because without them the case would not have proceeded in court.