`Salman was drunk during hit-and-run mishap`
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Last Updated: Saturday, May 22, 2010, 16:16
  
Mumbai: Salman Khan was under the influence of liquor when he allegedly rammed his car into a bakery in Bandra in 2002, a chemical analyst who tested the actor's blood sample after the accident has told a trial court.

Salman was taken into custody after he allegedly rammed his Land Cruiser into the Bakery in the wee hours on September 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four others who were sleeping on the footpath outside the shop.

The test report said 62 mg of alcohol was found from the blood sample of Salman which was in excess of the permissible limit.

DK Bhalshankar, the chemical analyst, yesterday stuck to his statement given to the police after the incident that the actor was drunk at the time of the mishap.

In his deposition, Bhalshankar described how he had conducted the test at Kalina Forensic Laboratory. He would be cross examined on July 15 by Salman's lawyer Dipesh Mehta.

Salman, 44, had surrendered to police eight hours after the mishap at 2.45 a.m. His blood sample was obtained at 2 pm.

The prosecution has cited 64 witnesses in the case and many of them have already deposed. Among them is Ravindra Patil, bodyguard of Salman, who later died in 2007.

Patil had deposed earlier saying that Salman was on the wheel and he was drunk. He further said he had asked the actor not to drink that night as it may prove dangerous while driving but Salman did not pay heed to his advice.

The victims who were injured in the incident had also deposed saying they had seen the actor getting down from the driver's seat after the mishap.

The trial court had framed charges against the actor which included culpable homicide not amounting to murder but this charge was dropped later. However, the actor was tried for other charges including rash and negligent driving for which maximum punishment is two years.

Noorulla Mahboob Sharif had died in the mishap while Abdul Rauf Shaikh, Kalim Mohammed Pathan and Munna Malai Khan were injured.

The prosecution has cited 64 witnesses in the case and many of them have already deposed. Among them is Ravindra Patil, police bodyguard of Salman, who later died in 2007.

Patil had deposed earlier saying that Salman was on the wheel and he was drunk. He further said he had suggested the actor not to drink that night as it may prove dangerous while driving but Salman did not pay heed to his advice.

The victims who were injured had also deposed saying they had seen the actor getting down from the driver's seat after the mishap.

The trial court had framed charges against the actor which included culpable homicide not amounting to murder but this charge was dropped later. However, the actor was tried for other charges including rash and negligent driving for which maximum punishment is two years.

Noorulla Mahboob Sharif had died in the hit and run mishap while Abdul Rauf Shaikh, Kalim Mohammed Pathan and Munna Malai Khan were injured.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, May 22, 2010, 16:16


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