Features Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 05:30
Salman Khan’s lawyer in the 2002 hit-and-run case has argued before a Mumbai court that the actor could not be charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder as the sole victim in the case could have died accidentally when the vehicle was being shifted. Shrikant Shivade argued before a Mumbai court that the sole victim whom Khan is accused of running over may have died when the car fell from the grasp of the crane that was shifting the vehicle after the incident. He said that therefore, the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder cannot be held against Khan. Shivade claimed that at least three eye witnesses had seen the car fall after its bumper came off the hook of the crane while it was being lifted. According to the defence lawyer, the victim was alive even after the run over. Shivade argued that the lack of blood on the sheets and the steps that the victims were sleeping on further proved his point. This is not the first time that Salman has brought new angles to the court. In March, Salman had said in court that he was neither drunk nor was he driving the car when the accident occurred. He claimed that at that time he had stopped consuming alcohol as he wanted to look fit for his film ‘Garv’. Khan said in court, “I did not drink. The bills produced by the prosecution do not belong to me. I only drank water at the counter.” He further alleged that the chemical analyst who tested his blood, DK Balashankar, was not a qualified technician and thus the results were false.   The trial court has refused to give more time to the defence to conclude their arguments and said that it would fix the final date for judgement on April 20. Salman Khan is also facing trial under the Arms Act for a 1998 poaching case and has to appear before the Jodhpur Court on April 23.   
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