Mumbai — After repeated adjournments and admonition by the court over missing statements of witnesses, the trial in the hit-and-run case against Bollywood actor Salman Khan is set to resume from September 24 following production of the documents before a sessions court Sept. 12.
On Sept. 28, 2002, the actor's car had allegedly rammed into a bakery, killing one person and injuring four others sleeping on the pavement outside.
The prosecution informed the court trying the case that all but one of the 63 original statements of witnesses and case diaries that had gone "missing" from the custody of police have been found, and he placed them before judge D.W. Deshpande.
The court was told the lone missing statement will also be traced soon. So far 11 witnesses have deposed in the case.
The trial in the case had hit a roadblock in July when the court was informed that the original statements of the witnesses had disappeared. The court was again informed in August that case diaries relating to the case too were not traceable, inviting reprimand from the judge, who directed the police to locate the documents at the earliest for the trial to recommence.
Khan's lawyer Srikant Shivade had earlier insisted that under the law, a trial cannot continue in the absence of the original statements of the witnesses, while the prosecution had contended that as per practice in Mumbai courts it can go on with true copies which were available.