Salman’s hit-and-run case: Court rejects re-examination of witness


A session court has rejected the plea of the prosecution to re-examine an RTO officer who examined Salman Khan’s car involved in the accident. Judge D W Deshpande did not reveal the grounds for the rejection. Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat asked permission to the court to re-examine RS Ketkar, who worked with Regional Transport Office in 2002. Without citing any reason, Judge D W Deshpande rejected the plea of the public prosecutor. The public prosecutor claimed that the answers given by the RTO to the Khan’s lawyer was ‘vague and evasive’ and so he needsto clarify certain facts.

The judge claimed that if the witness has given any wrong statement to the defence, then it would only bother the defence, public prosecutor need not re-examine him. Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat also denied that he wanted to bring on record any new facts. The judge, however, said the prosecution can incorporate clarifications in the final arguments, on January 19. Court exempted Salman Khan from appearing in the court.

In the next hearing, court allowed to examine the doctor who carried out the tests of the actor to verify whether he was under the influence of alcohol when he was driving his car. on the same day, a police constable, who had taken the actor to government-run JJ Hospital for the test, would also be examined.

Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case dates back to September 28, 2002, when the actor rammed into a bakery and run his SUV over people sleeping on the pavement killing one and injuring four others.

The 48-year-old actor was charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. If convicted, Salman Khan might face a jail term of 10 years. He was previously charged with lesser charge of rash and negligent driving but on fresh trial ordered in last December he was charged with more serious offense.