India’s judiciary is well known for bulk pendency of cases related to heinous crimeslike murders and rapes. In case of a VIP, the pace slows down a lot. The latest example is Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case, which still sails in an unknown direction with all possible uncertainties 13years after horrific act done in 2002. On September 28,2002, Khan’s white Toyota Land Cruiser had run over four people sleeping on a footpath opposite of American Express Bakery in Bandra.
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One person died while other received serious injuries. Salman is facing charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. There have been many twists and turns since then, and everyone is expecting how this drama about the Bollywood’s superstar, who is more valuable to those who have signed films and projects with him, would end. The actor has everything that money can buy. His popularity has only grown in the last decade.
However, in 2015, judicial trials have risen from hibernation to active mode to haunt the actor. The biggest twist came in March 2015, when Salman’s driver, Ashok Singh, made headlines after he took the blame by claiming that Salman wasn’t driving. Recently on April 16, the defense lawyer Shrikant Shivade rubbished statements of all eyewitnesses claiming the whole hit-and-run case a conspiracy against the actor. He is so sure that evidences including Salman’s blood sample was intentionally contaminated, or was found contaminated because the ward boy was drunk.
However, before anyone cares to consider it a conspiracy, there are certain questions that the defense lawyer must answer, especially considering the previous trials, statements of eyewitnesses, police, and Salman’s bodyguard along with many others.
Why Salman was silent for 12years for his driver being on steering wheel?
In March 2015, during a hearing of the case, new twist surfaced after Salman Khan’s driver, Ashok, stated before the court that he was driving the car when accident took place. This statement holds a great importance; rather, it can prove to be a savior for Salman. However, there is a big question that remains unanswered is, ‘why such a big piece of evidence was not claimed for 12years when it could have helped Salman to walk free easily?’ Perhaps, it should have been the first evidence in favor of Salman the very moment the FIR was lodged.
Why Salman’s bodyguard would have lied?
Salman’s lawyer called it a lie that the white Land Cruiser was speeding before the accident took place. His reply came against the bodyguard Ravindra Patil’s statement. Patil had given a statement to the police that the car was at a high speed of 90-100km/h. He had also stated that the actor was driving and was heavily drunk. Unfortunately, Patil is no more to testify it again. The defense lawyer must answer why Salman’s bodyguard, who was present in the car at the time of accident, would have lied at all.
Why the ward boy would contaminate Salman’s blood sample?
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During ongoing arguments, the defense lawyer claimed that the medical report testifying heavy amount of alcohol in Salman’s blood sample were either intentionally contaminated by the ward boy to frame the actor or the boy was drunk himself to contaminate the blood sample while testing. Now, the question arises, ‘why a ward boy would try to conspire against the actor or how the alcohol level could hit over 62mg, way beyond permissible level, by just touching the blood sample?’
Why police would lie about Salman’s surrender?
When Salman Khan was arrested the following morning, the investigating officials reported that the actor was nowhere to be seen after the accident, and police had to lay trap around the house of his lawyer to arrest him, despite the lawyer claimingthat Salman had surrendered himself.
The eyewitnesses and bakery workers who rescued the victims stated that the actor immediately fled from the scene. Another interesting question arises here as well is, ‘why policemen would lie about Salman’s surrender?’
Why RTO would lie about Salman’s driving license?
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Investigations revealed that Salman did not possess a driving license at the time of accident. The RTO registration documents said that the actor obtained his driving license not before the year 2004, two years after the accident. However, the defense lawyer again dismissed the report produced by RTO. Is RTO involved in conspiring against the actor, too?
Why no mechanical breakdown or tyre burst was found?
Another interesting development; the defense lawyer blamed tyre bust for the accident, not the human error. The lawyer dismissed the report filed by the RTO who investigated the vehicle for any mechanical fault. The fresh statement coming from the driver appeared to be in agreement with the lawyer’s argument,claiming that small stones on road caused tyre burstmaking it difficult for the driver to control the vehicle. However, after the investigation of the car, no tyreburst was found.
It is surprising that despite many strong evidences against the accused, the court could not reach a concrete decision in 13years. Defense has tried to rubbish every evidence, reports, medical tests and results in an effort to prove it a conspiracy.