The Judgment Day of Salman Khan’s notorious hit -and -run case has been eventually fixed on May 6, 2015. The Sessions Court D.W. Deshpande on Tuesday declared that on May 6 at 11.15 sharp, he will deliver the judgment in the crucial case that had been in waiting for the past 13 years.
During the trail 27 witnesses were examined by the Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat of which one turned hostile, while the rest 26 have admitted of watching Salman Khan committing the crime and later emerging from the driver’s seat!
In fact a witnessed even stated that Salman Khan was under the influence of alcohol to such an extreme extent that he could not even control his body movements and had fallen twice while coming out from the car!! Later the medical report confirmed the truth reporting 0.062 per cent alcohol content in Salman Khan’s blood sample, which shockingly is double the permissible limit.
In his 29 pages final arguments the prosecution has emphasized clearly on important facts that establish Salman Khan is guilty. Among these points include Salman Khan was driving the car at the time of the mishap, did not possess a valid driving licence, or a liquor permit and most importantly he went abounding after the accident without helping the victims.
In addition the statement of Salman Khan’s dead bodyguard Ravindra Patil will also play a vital role in the framing of judgment. Readers may remember Ravindra Patil, a policemen and bodyguard of Salman Khan during that time is only eye witness in this case. He was sitting next to Salman Khan on the dreadful night of September 28, 2002, when Salman Khan under the influence of alcohol drew his car recklessly.
In his statement he has firmly declared that Salman Khan was under the influence of alcohol and despite his repeated requests to let him drive, Khan ignored his pleas and rammed his car into a bakery in suburban Bandra, killing one person and injuring four others who were sleeping on the pavement.
However discarding the claims of the prosecution, Salman Khan’s defence counsel Shrikant Shivade maintained that his client was not driving the car at the time of the accident hence he asserted that the question of whether he was drunk or whether he had a valid licence did not arise.
Salman has been booked under Sections 279 (rash driving), 304 (Part II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 134 (abetment of assault) and some other Sections of the Indian Penal Code, and Sections of the Motor Vehicle Act. If convicted, he may face imprisonment of up to 10 years.
But the million dollar question remains will ‘Justice Prevail’ in this high profile case?
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