In the infamous 12 years old hit-and-run case of Bollywood actor Salman Khan, a Mumbai court trying the case has fixed May 6 as the date of pronouncement of the verdict, as the prosecution and defence had concluded their arguments.
Earlier, Salman’s defence lawyer Shrikant Shivade had also argued, making his final argument before sessions judge D W Despande, that Bombay Prohibition Rules prescribe that a doctor has to decide whether to draw a blood sample from a person, and not the police.
He had asked why Bandra police take blood samples of Khan in the government-run JJ Hospital which is at South Mumbai rather than taking at nearby Bhabha Hospital.
Shivade also argued that the evidence of eyewitness Ravindra Patil should not be accepted because he passed away and was not available for cross-examination, the prosecution said ample opportunity had been given to defence earlier for cross examining this witness.
The Ek Tha Tiger actor has been charged under Indian Penal Code Section 304 II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) which attracts up to 10 years in prison; Section 279 (rash and negligent driving) which attracts six months’ jail; Sections 337 & 338 (causing hurt by act endangering life and causing grievous hurt) with punishment up to two years; and Section 427 (mischief causing damage to property) with maximum punishment of up to two years.
Salman’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade, on the last day, said that since the actor was not driving the car at the time of the mishap, the question of whether he was drunk or whether he had a valid licence did not arise.
Salman Khan is accused of ramming his SUV into a American Express Bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one pavement dweller and injuring four others, is facing the charge of ‘culpable homicide not amounting to murder’.