“I do not want to examine myself but would like to examine defence witnesses”, said the actor when the court asked him what he had to say about the case against him. Khan further said that the entire evidence placed in the court against him was “false”. The actor denied having taken drinks at a bar where he had gone with his friends and brother Sohail Khan just before the mishap occurred.
Describing the evidence adduced against him in the hit-and-run case as “false”, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan today told the trial court that he was not driving the car which met with an accident in 2002 killing one person and injuring four.The 49-year-old actor while stating that his driver was behind the wheel also denied the prosecution’s charge that he had taken drinks just before the mishap occurred.”My driver, Ashok Singh, was driving the car when the mishap occurred,” Khan, attired in a white shirt and blue denim jeans, said in reply to a question posed by Judge D W Deshpande.Khan was summoned to make a statement under section 313 of Cr.Pc on the evidence adduced against him in the court during the trial. He was asked 418 questions by the Judge.Khan’s car had rammed into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra in the wee hours of September 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four others who were sleeping outside on pavement.According to prosecution, he was driving the car and he was under the influence of liquor at the relevant time, a charge he denied.”I do not want to examine myself but would like to examine defence witnesses”, said the actor when the court asked him what he had to say about the case against him. Khan further said that the entire evidence placed in the court against him was “false”. The actor denied having taken drinks at a bar where he had gone with his friends and brother Sohail Khan just before the mishap occurred.
“I was having a glass of water at the bar,” he said in reply to a question.The actor also said that Bala Shankar, who had tested Khan’s blood sample was not an expert. He was responding to deposition of this witness who had told the court earlier that 62mg alcohol was found in Khan’s blood sample, which was above the permissible limit, indicating that the actor had taken drinks before the mishap.Khan further told the Judge that the chemical analysis expert, while testing his blood sample, had allegedly not followed the procedures prescribed for examination.Khan was shown three photographs of the spot where his car had met with an accident and he identified them. These photos had been produced by the prosecution earlier.
Judge DW Deshpande had summoned Khan to appear on Friday to give his statement under section 313 of CrPc which comes at the fag end of the trial after the prosecution closed its evidence by examining more than 25 witnesses in court.This is a fresh trial being held in a sessions court after a Magistrate added the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder which lays down punishment upto ten years.The prosecution has alleged that the actor was under the influence of liquor and examined witnesses to prove that before the mishap he had gone along with his friends to a bar in a seven star hotel in the late hours on the ill-fated day.It has alleged that he did not have a driving licence.The prosecution has also alleged that Khan was driving his Land Cruiser SUV in a rash and negligent manner. In this regard, it has relied upon the statement of Khan’s police bodyguard Ravindra Patil to a Magistrate earlier that he had asked the actor not to drive rashly or else he would meet with an accident but he did not pay heed to his advice.However, Patil passed away during the trial and on a prosecution plea, the court has taken on record his statement but will decide on its evidence value later.On the other hand, Khan has denied allegations that he was under the influence of liquor and that he was driving the car at the time of mishap.(With agency inputs)
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