MUMBAI: The Bombay Substantial Courtroom these days doubted the evidence of Ravindra Patil, previous law enforcement bodyguard of Bollywood star Salman Khan and witness in the 2002 strike-and-operate circumstance, observing that he was “wholly unreliable.”
Justice A R Joshi stated this while dictating the verdict in the charm filed by the actor towards the five-calendar year sentence awarded to him by a Mumbai periods court docket on May six this calendar year.
Patil had lodged the FIR in this situation on September 28, 2002, hrs following the mishap occurred. In the FIR, he did not point out whether Salman was driving the car below the impact of liquor. Nonetheless, on Oct 1, 2002, following the receipt of Salman’s blood test report, Patil gave a statement ahead of a Magistrate expressing that the actor experienced taken drinks on the sick-fated day and he experienced warned him not to drive rashly or else he would meet with an incident but Salman did not pay out heed to his suggestions.
The Decide noticed these days that the proof of Patil was uncertain because he experienced manufactured enhancements in his variation later when his assertion was recorded. “In view of this, he (Patil) is “wholly unreliable witness”, the Judge mentioned while dictating his buy in the court for the 3rd consecutive day.
“Even if his statement has to be regarded as as partly reliable, there has to be corroboration in evidence which is not present in this situation,” stated the Decide in the court jampacked with attorneys, reporters and legislation pupils.
Ravindra Patil handed away in 2007 and was not obtainable in the course of the demo in the sessions court docket. However, the prosecution experienced produced Patil’s assertion recorded by a Magistrate previously in which he experienced implicated Salman. The demo court approved Patil’s statement and stated it was admissible in regulation, based mostly on which the actor was convicted.
Salman, nonetheless, challenged the admissibility of the statement and said the witness was not obtainable to him for cross-assessment and contended that the demo courtroom had erred in accepting this piece of evidence.
The Substantial Court, nevertheless,is yet to give a ruling on the admissibility of Patil’s statement. On September 28, 2002, the actor’s car experienced rammed into a shop in suburban Bandra. In the mishap, 1 person was killed and 4 others injured.
Salman, who is on bail, did not come to the court, though his sister, Alvira Khan-Agnihotri, attended the hearing.