Hit & Run Case: Bombay HC says 'No conclusive proof that Salman was driving'


The Bombay High Court on Wednesday doubted the evidence of Ravindra Patil, former police bodyguard of Bollywood star Salman Khan and witness in the 2002 hit-and-run case, observing that he was “wholly unreliable.”

Justice A R Joshi said this while dictating the verdict in the appeal filed by the actor against the five-year sentence awarded to him by a Mumbai sessions court on May 6 this year. The high court will pronounce its verdict in the case tomorrow.

Patil had lodged the FIR in this case on September 28, 2002, hours after the mishap occurred. In the FIR, he did not mention whether Salman was driving the car under the influence of liquor.

However, on October 1, 2002, after the receipt of Salman’s blood test report, Patil gave a statement before a Magistrate saying that the actor had taken drinks on the ill-fated day and he had warned him not to drive rashly or else he would meet with an accident but Salman did not pay heed to his advice.

The Judge observed today that the evidence of Patil was doubtful because he had made improvements in his version later when his statement was recorded.

“In view of this, he (Patil) is “wholly unreliable witness”, the Judge noted while dictating his order in the court for the third consecutive day.

“Even if his statement has to be considered as partially reliable, there has to be corroboration in evidence which is not existing in this case,” said the Judge in the court jampacked with lawyers, reporters and law students.

Ravindra Patil passed away in 2007 and was not available during the trial in the sessions court. However, the prosecution had produced Patil’s statement recorded by a Magistrate earlier in which he had implicated Salman.

The trial court accepted Patil’s statement and said it was admissible in law, based on which the actor was convicted.

Salman, however, challenged the admissibility of the statement and said the witness was not available to him for cross-examination and contended that the trial court had erred in accepting this piece of evidence. The High Court, however, is yet to give a ruling on the admissibility of Patil’s statement.

On September 28, 2002, the actor’s car had rammed into a shop in suburban Bandra. In the mishap, one person was killed and four others injured. Salman, who is on bail, did not come to the court, though his sister, Alvira Khan-Agnihotri, attended the hearing.

Via HT

10 comments on “Hit & Run Case: Bombay HC says 'No conclusive proof that Salman was driving'”

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    sharukh khan ka
    1..jiske fans Salman ki har movie ko kharap batate hai..
    2.. jiska fans Salman ki har movie ki negative afua failate hai ..
    3 .. jiska fans humesa Salman ko gali dete hai .
    4 .. jiska fans Salman ki har movie dekhnese sabko galat bolkar rokne ki kosis karte hai a bat agal hai phirvi Salman ki movie blockbuster hoti hai .
    5. . jiska fans humesa Salman ke fans se ladte hai ..
    ya phir aaplog dekhoge ranvir sing ki movie
    1.. Jo ek 6ota star hai par uska fans Salman ko mante hai ...
    2 .. 6ota star mahenat Jada kiya
    3.. dilwale se ach6e song hai ..
    4.. dipika, prinka, ranvir ki jodi hai .
    5 .. aur sabse bari bat ranvir sing khud Salman ka fan hai ...
    soch lo Salman fans aapke hi haatho pe hai in dono filmo ki chabi chahe srk fans Jo vi bole ....

  4. imran, salman k chamchay tumhary to abhi dilwale release hune se pehle hi shalwar sost padhi,hehehhehe,,don`t jump up ,tumhary salman k apna ek hayseyat hai aur king khan ka internationaly ala hayseyat hai,ye tumhary bakwas advices se kuch hasil nahi huta,siwaye apne time waste karna,so just accept this,jab tumhary salman ne khud last year ye accept kar liya ke shahrukh is king of bollywood than no need to be act as chamcha,,love you srk,

  5. there is no any place for salman`s fans to watch the dilwale,kiyunke dilwale movie sirf wo loo dekhtay hai jin k society me ek respect hu,dilwale movie is not for such a idiot people to watch ,its my request to all salman`s fand plz plz never go to watch diwale ,please watch BB,kiounke salman ke fand k value hi aise hai ke third class movie ko dekhy like PRDP,jai ho,,so please please ignore the Dilwale and run for BB,,hehehheheheheheh

  6. sahil for sure you are uneducated mean ke tumhary knowledge hi nahi,what happened to ra one,hny and ce the results.
    Ra one,Hit
    HNY-Super Hit
    Ce- Blockbuster,hehheheheh go go come and share some correct data not incorrect ,King Khan is the best and the only king of Bollywood,

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