Mumbai — The hit-and-run case involving Salman Khan did not commence Jan. 19 as his lawyer could not come to court due to ill health, but a key witness made a verbal request for police protection which the judge said he would consider after a written submission was made.
When the court resumed the morning of Jan. 19, a lawyer from the defense team said that Khan’s counsel, Srikant Shivade, was unwell and sought more time. Accordingly, the court adjourned the trial till Jan. 22.
Meanwhile, Dr. Suhas Pawar, who had collected Khan’s blood sample, made a verbal plea through special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat for police protection. However, he did not assign any reason for seeking security.
Judge D.W. Deshpande asked him to give a written application for the consideration of his request.
On Jan. 22, Dr. Pawar would be examined along with police constable Dilip Mane who had taken Khan to JJ Hospital from Bandra police station after the mishap, in which the actor’s car had allegedly rammed into a bakery, killing one person and injuring four on Sept. 28, 2002.
According to the prosecution, Khan’s blood report indicated that he had two times the permissible limit of alcohol in his blood the night he is alleged to have run over five people who were asleep on a pavement near his home in Bandra.
Earlier, a witness from the Mumbai Central Forensic Science Laboratory had said that as per the Motor Vehicle Act, the permissible limit for the presence of alcohol in a human blood sample is 30 mg per 100 ml of blood, while Khan’s sample showed the presence of 62 mg of alcohol.
Khan’s lawyer had earlier pointed out an anomaly in the number of blood samples collected — the documents did not clarify if one vial of blood was collected or two. Dr. Pawar is being examined to find out how many blood samples of Khan were taken and what the contents of alcohol were in them.
Khan did not come to court Jan. 19 as he had already sought exemption.
Nearly 20 witnesses have already been examined in the case and a few more are left to depose.
The trial has also reached its fag end and the judge has asked the prosecution to wrap up the case as soon as possible.