Court accepts documents which say Salman had no driving license

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| Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 21:01
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The sessions court in Mumbai, which is conducting the trial in the hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan, on Tuesday took on record replies submitted by the Regional Transport Offices and the Excise Department stating that he did not possess a driving licence or a liquor permit at the time of the 2002 mishap.

Bandra police, who investigated the case, had written to RTOs in suburban Andheri and Wadala and the Excise Department seeking information as to whether the actor held a driving licence and a liquor permit.

The police’s letters and respective replies were submitted by special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat before Judge D.W. Deshpande.

Khan’s lawyer advocate Shrikant Shivade said these documents should have been submitted along with the charge sheet and not now when the trial had reached the fag-end. But the judge took them on record.

Their value as evidence would be decided at the time of final arguments, said the judge.

Khan is charged with ramming his car into a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four, who were sleeping on the pavement. He was drunk at the time, according to the police.

The replies of RTO and Excise authorities are important as they declare that Khan had liquor outside his house without a permit and then driven his SUV when he did not even have a driving license.

Meanwhile, the defence lawyer on Tuesday filed an application seeking to recall investigating officer Ravindra Kadam, as it wanted to question him about the charge of culpable homicide, which was invoked against Salman in 2013.

The lawyer said he would like to cross-examine Kadam as Khan’s bodyguard, constable Ravindra Patil, the eyewitness to the mishap, is no more.

The judge asked Gharat to file a written reply to the application on the next date, March 24.

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