Khan’s SUV had killed one and injured four in September 2002 in Bandra. The prosecutor said the test, right from collecting his sample to its analysis, was done properly and evidence established that the crash into a bakery by the actor’s vehicle was not due to any mechanical defect in the Land Cruiser, as claimed by the defence.
A day after special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat scoffed at Salman Khan’s claim that he consumed only water at a bar in Juhu, in his wrap-up submissions on Wednesday , he said a blood test on the actor conclusively proved that he had 62 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.
Gharat said “robust common sense” would indicate that the deflated left front tyre referred to by Khan’s defence counsel Shrikant Shivade as being a puncture that caused the inadvertent crash was a “postcrash” result of the “forceful impact with which the car rammed into the sharp-edged steps of the bakery and climbed up to the shop’s door. But even if there was a puncture, “sturdy vehicles can continue to run” without its occupants noticing anything amiss, Gharat added.
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The level of alcohol in the actor’s blood was double the acceptable level of 0.03%, the prosecution said.
Gharat will conclude his submissions on Thursday, after dealing with the deposition and cross-examination of the last and a crucial witness, the investigating officer in the case, and close his arguments in the trial.Shivade will begin his closing arguments the day after.
The prosecutor, while stating that the RTO officer who inspected Khan’s vehicle soon after the incident had testified that it had blood on its left front tyre and that its bumper was broken, said that he made “intentional and calculated irresponsible statements to support the defence and spoil the prosecution case”.
Gharat said, “I will recommend action against the inspector (Keskar) for his irresponsib le statements.” Shivade interrupted to state that the inspector was a “liar and perjurer” but said that “when a cross demolishes the case, it is inconvenient and the statements become `irresponsible’.” Gharat said Keskar should have gone to the spot to inspect the vehicle but inspecting it after it was crane-lifted to the Bandra police station does not adversely affect the prosecution case. He said a police officer had taken the actor to JJ Hospital for a blood test and there was nothing to doubt why it was done there despite first taking Khan to the nearby civic Bhabha hospital, which had no facilities. The blood test was done by following proper procedure and good quality reagents were used in clean equipment, he said, going through the deposition of witnesses and even cross-examination statements.
Khan’s trial is at an end stage before sessions judge D W Deshpande.
The domestic airport police on Wednesday registered an FIR against Bollywood actor Salman Khan and his bodyguard Vishal. The police registered the case on receiving the Andheri metropolitan magistrate court’s order the previous day after Ravindra Dwivedi approached it with a complaint. Dwivedi said, “The actor assaulted me outside the airport over petty issues.Later, the actor and his bodyguard stole important documents, related to Gopinath Munde’s death.which was I carrying along with me to hand over to the PM.” A case under IPC sections for assault, robbery, intentional insult and criminal intimidation has been registered.