Mumbai, March 18: Thirteen years after the accident involving Salman Khan, a record replies by the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) and the Excise Department created more trouble for the Bollywood actor.
A Mumbai Sessions court on Tuesday, March 17 highlighted that the actor did not possess a driving licence or a liquor permit at the time of the 2002 mishap.
What is Liquor Permit?
According to law under the Bombay Prohibition Act 1949, the possession, consumption, and transportation of liquor is illegal in the Indian state of Maharashtra without an alcohol permit.
The legal age for alcohol consumption is 25.
All residents of the state must obtain an alcohol permit to consume, transport, or possess up to 12 units of alcohol or face a fine of up to Rs 50,000 and/or a jail sentence of up to five years.
How absence of liquor permit may create more trouble for Salman Khan?
Police officers, who were incharge of the investigation of the accident case in 2002, received information that the Bollywood actor did not have a driving licence and a liquor permit at the time of the mishap.
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.
While Shrikant Shivade, Salman's lawyer, opposed Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat's move of submitting the record so late, the judge took them on record.
The judge -- D W Deshpande stated that the value of the evidence would be decided at the time of final arguments.
Salman's lawyer had argued that the documents should have been submitted along with the charge-sheet and not now when the trial had reached the fag-end.
Charges against Salman Khan:
The actor is charged with ramming his car into a bakery in suburban Bandra on Sept 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four who were sleeping on the pavement. He was drunk at the time, according to the police. Charge of culpable homicide too was invoked against Salman in 2013.