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Salman Khan hit-and-run case: Why wasn’t Salman’s friend summoned as eyewitness?

salman-khanAn activist on Thursday approached a sessions court, presiding over the 2002 Salman Khan hit-and-run case, asking why Salman Khan’s friend, Kamaal Khan, was not summoned as an eyewitness.

The singer, Kamaal, who was present in the car along with the actor, had allegedly claimed in his statement to the police that Salman Khan was behind the wheel on the night when he allegedly rammed into a shop in Bandra, killing one person and injuring four, sleeping near the shop on September 28, 2002.

On October 24, 2002, the activist’s lawyer, Abha Singh said, Kamaal had given his statement to the police claiming that there were only three people in the car and that Salman Khan was behind the wheel when the incident took place. Salman Khan earlier told the court that there were four people in the car, and his driver, Ashok Singh, was at the wheel when the accident took place.

“He had given a statement to the police on October 4, 2002, that Salman was driving the car. Thereafter, he did not appear before the court. A non-bailable warrant was issued against him, after which he promised to depose before the court whenever summoned,” she said.

Singh claimed that the prosecution was given an original list of 67 witness in the case, out of which only 27 were examined in the present trial. Kamaal’s name figured at No.47. His name was dropped, too.

Singh moved an application urging the court to try the police officers concerned for perjury as they “produced the wrong set of doctors before the trial court, thereby delaying the trial by three years”.

“When those doctors were being examined by the lower court, they had said they had not treated any victims of this case,” Singh said.
The court will decide on her application on May 6, before giving its verdict in the hit-and-run case.

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