Salman Khan convicted: Alcohol in blood clinched case against actor
Although actor Salman Khan denied that he was drunk at the time of the accident, the sessions court considered the evidence of the chemical analyser while sentencing the actor to five years’ rigorous imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs 25,000.india Updated: May 07, 2015 13:12 IST
Bollywood actor Salman Khan was on Wednesday sentenced to five years in jail in a 2002 hit-and-run case. The actor however, escaped being sent to jail after the Bombay high court granted him interim bail till May 8, barely a few hours after the sessions court handed him the five-year term.
Sessions court judge DW Deshpande said all the charges against the star, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder, had been proved, 12 years after the actor drove into a Mumbai pavement killing a homeless man after a night out drinking.
Although the actor denied that he was drunk at the time of the accident, the sessions court considered the evidence of the chemical analyser while sentencing the actor to five years’ rigorous imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs 25,000.
The operative order delivered by sessions judge DW Desphande on Wednesday gives out the quantum of sentence for each of the charge levelled against Khan.
While a detailed order is still awaited, the judge told the actor, “After considering all the evidence, I have come to the conclusion that you were driving the vehicle.”
More importantly, the judge said he had considered the evidence of chemical analyser Dattatray Bhalshankar, who had said the actor was under the influence of alcohol.
During his deposition, Bhalshankar had told the court that he had worked at a forensic lab in Pune as an assistant chemical analyser and had analysed at least 1,000 cases of alcohol consumption till 2002.
He said on September 30, 2002, the Bandra police had sent him Khan’s blood samples to check the alcohol level.
“I first checked whether the sample was sealed and then kept it in the freezer. On October 1, 2002, I used the modified diffusion oxidation method to analyse the blood. I found 62mg of ethyl alcohol present in 100ml of blood,” Bhalshankar had said.
He told the court that 30mg of ethyl alcohol is the amount normally found, which can go up to 40mg in case a person is undergoing medical treatment.
The court also refused to accept the version given by Salman’s driver Ashok Singh that he was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Justice Deshpande rejected the argument made by Khan’s lawyer that the victim died after the bumper of the car broke and fell on him during a rescue operation.
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.