MUMBAI: The Bombay Higher Court docket today doubted the proof of Ravindra Patil, previous police bodyguard of Bollywood star Salman Khan and witness in the 2002 strike-and-operate scenario, observing that he was “wholly unreliable.”
Justice A R Joshi mentioned this although dictating the verdict in the appeal filed by the actor from the five-yr sentence awarded to him by a Mumbai classes court on Could 6 this year.
Patil had lodged the FIR in this case on September 28, 2002, hours soon after the mishap occurred. In the FIR, he did not mention whether or not Salman was driving the car underneath the influence of liquor. However, on October one, 2002, right after the receipt of Salman’s blood examination report, Patil gave a assertion just before a Justice of the peace saying that the actor had taken drinks on the ill-fated working day and he experienced warned him not to generate rashly or else he would fulfill with an accident but Salman did not pay heed to his guidance.
The Decide observed these days that the proof of Patil was doubtful because he had created enhancements in his variation afterwards when his statement was recorded. “In see of this, he (Patil) is “wholly unreliable witness”, the Decide famous although dictating his get in the court for the 3rd consecutive day.
“Even if his statement has to be deemed as partly reliable, there has to be corroboration in proof which is not existing in this situation,” said the Choose in the court jampacked with attorneys, reporters and legislation college students.
Ravindra Patil handed away in 2007 and was not obtainable throughout the trial in the periods court. However, the prosecution experienced developed Patil’s statement recorded by a Justice of the peace before in which he had implicated Salman. The trial courtroom approved Patil’s statement and stated it was admissible in regulation, dependent on which the actor was convicted.
Salman, even so, challenged the admissibility of the assertion and mentioned the witness was not available to him for cross-evaluation and contended that the demo court experienced erred in accepting this piece of proof.
The Large Court, nevertheless,is yet to give a ruling on the admissibility of Patil’s statement. On September 28, 2002, the actor’s automobile experienced rammed into a store in suburban Bandra. In the mishap, one particular individual was killed and four other individuals wounded.
Salman, who is on bail, did not come to the court, though his sister, Alvira Khan-Agnihotri, attended the hearing.