Salman Khan hit-and-run case: Court rejects prosecution’s appeal to re-examine the RTO officer



New Delhi: The Mumbai sessions court, where Salman Khan is being tried in 2002 hit-and-run case, rejected prosecution’s request to re-examine the RTO officer who inspected the car after the incident.

According to a report published in a leading daily, public prosecutor Pardeep Gharat had said that the replies given by the RTO officer during the examination were not clear and he needed to be re-examined.

During the proceedings, defence argued that the witness is not qualified enough as his knowledge of cars is only limited to one day training session. And also he was not given training in imported cars.

RS Ketkar, a senior Regional Transport Officer inspected the car after the incident and is an important witness in the case in which one person died. Prosecution wants to use Ketkar’s testimony to prove that the car suffered extensive damage because of the rash driving.

Defence Counsel Srikant Shivade cross examined Ketkar and argued that it was an accident causing the damage to the car and not negligent driving.

Sessions judge D W Deshpande has ordered to finish the trial by January 2015. A month ago he had set another deadline to finish the case by December 2014.

According to the chargesheet filed by the prosecution, Salman is accused of culpable homicide. The prosecution alleges that he was driving the car under the influence of alcohol when he rammed the car into a pavement near a bakery in September 2002, killing one and injuring four others.


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