Salman Khan Hit-and-Run: Witness to Tell Court if Actor Had a Driving Licence

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For years, his lawyers have argued that Mr Khan was not driving the car

Mumbai: An official from the Regional Transport Office or RTO is expected to tell a Mumbai court today whether actor Salman Khan had a driving license at the time of the hit-and-run in 2002.

Chemical Analysis expert Bala Shankar will also be cross-examined in today’s hearing. On December 3 last year, Mr Shankar told the court that he found 62 mg of ethyl alcohol alcohol in the blood sample of 100 ml he was asked to analyse after the hit-and-run. He said that 30 mg of ethyl alcohol is the permissible limit while driving – any more found means you are driving drunk – but also said that it can increase to 45 mg because of medical treatment.

The constable who took the blood sample to the forensic laboratory from the Bandra police station and the policeman who accompanied Salman Khan to the state-run JJ Hospital after the hit-and-run are also expected to testify today. (Also Read: Defence Counsel Cross-Examines Doctor)

One person was killed and four others were injured when a car, allegedly driven by the actor, rammed into a bakery in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on September 28, 2002.

For years, his lawyers have argued that Mr Khan was not driving the car. The prosecution alleges that he was, and have called at least two witnesses in the ongoing trial to prove that the actor was at the wheel.

A hotel parking attendant told the court that he had seen Mr Khan sit in the driver’s seat but had not seen him drive off and another witness testified last May, claiming that the actor had exited the car from the right side.

Mr Khan is being tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. If convicted, he could spend upto 10 years in prison.

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