In the 2002 hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan, the chemical analyst who examined Khan’s blood samples said although it was mentioned in the document that the amount of blood was 6ml, but during the analysis it measured 4ml.
When defence advocate Shrikant Shivade asked the witness whether it was a usual occurrence, the analyst replied in the negative. However, he later said it had happened in many other cases.
The witness then agreed that it was an important discrepancy, but said he had not informed it to his superiors. “I do not think that I have failed in doing my duty, by not informing my seniors,” he said.
Earlier, during the hearing, the defence filed an application in the court objecting to the presence of the other forensic officials, as Shivade alleged they were present in the court to tutor the witness. The court rejected the application. Throughout the cross examination, the witness answered most of the questions by saying ‘I can’t say’ or ‘I don’t remember’.
Two months ago, the witness had told the court that the alcohol test was positive. The defence wanted to examine the doctor who had extracted blood from Khan, before examining the chemical analyst.