Twists and Turns complicate Hit-and-Run Case; Salman Khan's fate likely to be sealed today

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Mumbai, Dec 10: Will Salman Khan be a free bird today (Thursday, Dec 10)? If everything goes well, then the Bollywood superstar can heave a sigh of relief.

The Bombay High Court, which started reading its judgment on Monday, is expected to deliver its final verdict on Thursday.

[Twist in Salman Khan's case]

Salman Khan

The high court is hearing the petition filed by the actor against his conviction in the 2002 hit-and-run case in which he was found guilty of killing a man with his SUV after a night out drinking.

The Bombay High Court, while dictating the order, asserted that the prosecution has failed to prove that Salman was driving and that too under the influence of alcohol.

The court also raised questions about Salman's former bodyguard Ravindra Patil who was the main eyewitness of the prosecution. Salman's bodyguard, who is no more, had said that the actor was driving drunk and had ignored his warnings repeatedly.

Overruling Patil's statement, the high court observed that no one but Mr Patil alone had claimed that Salman was driving the car under the influence of alcohol.

"If the witness is partly reliable, then corroboration is required. Ravindra Patil cannot be considered as a wholly reliable witness," the court said, asserting that the sessions court had made a mistake by admitting his statement.

[2002 hit-and-run case: Bombay HC doubts bodyguard Ravindra Patil's evidence against Salman Khan]

The sessions court had convicted Salman Khan for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and drunken driving.

Meanwhile, defense lawyers reiterated that it was not Salman but his driver Ashok Singh who was driving the car on Sept 28, 2002. One was killed and others were injured when Salman's car hit a bakery.

A sessions court earlier in 2015 found Salman guilty and sentenced him five-year-imprisonment. The court had moved the high court and was granted bail by the high court.

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