The Bollywood actor told his version of the incident while recording his statement in a court in Mumbai on Friday, March 27. The actor is charged with killing one person and injuring four by ramming his car into a shop in 2002.
Judge DW Deshpande has summoned Salman to appear on Friday to give his statement under section 313 of Code of Criminal Procedures (CrPc) which comes at the fag end of the trial after the prosecution closed its evidence by examining more than 25 witnesses in court.
Under this provision of CrPc, not only the accused gets a chance to put across his contention on the evidence adduced by the prosecution but also the court can ask him questions to clarify any ambiguity that may have cropped up during the trial, special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat told.
Salman may face 10-year jail:
This is a fresh trial being held in a sessions court after a Magistrate added the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder which lays down punishment up to ten years.
The prosecution has alleged that the actor was under the influence of liquor and examined witnesses to prove that before the mishap he had gone along with his friends to a bar in a hotel in the late hours on the ill-fated day. [Hit-and-run case: Salman had no license when accident took place?]
It has alleged that he did not have a driving licence. The prosecution has also alleged that Mr Khan was driving his Land Cruiser SUV in a rash and negligent manner.
Statement of Salman's bodyguard was crucial:
In this regard, it has relied upon the statement of Salman's police bodyguard Ravindra Patil to a Magistrate earlier that he had asked the actor not to drive rashly or else he would meet with an accident but he did not pay heed to his advice.
However, Mr Patil passed away during the trial and on a prosecution plea, the court has taken on record his statement but will decide on its evidence value later.
On the other hand, Mr Khan has denied allegations that he was under the influence of liquor and that he was driving the car at the time of mishap. [Hit and run case: Salman was not found after mishap, says cop]
Besides the charge of culpable homicide (sec 304 part two Indian Penal Code), the actor is also facing charges of causing death of one person by negligent driving (sec 279), causing hurt to persons by act endangering personal safety (sec 337) and causing damage to property (sec 427).
Driving car without license:
Salman is also facing charges under the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act (driving without licence), and provisions of Bombay Prohibition Act (driving after consuming liquor).
Eye witness Ravindra Patil, who had warned Mr Khan against rash driving under the influence of alcohol, died of Tuberculosis on Oct 3, 2007. [Hit and Run Case: What is Liquor permit and how does it create trouble for Salman Khan?]
He had filed the first FIR and testified in a Magistrate's court in the earlier trial saying that the actor was driving the car after taking drinks.
(With agency inputs)