The investigating officer in the 2002 Salman Khan hit-and-run case has refuted claims that the actor’s blood samples were not preserved properly after the accident.
Kishan Shengal, examined on Friday, rejected the defence’s theory that the actor’s blood samples were not preserved properly, allowing them to ferment. Hence, they showed a higher level of alcohol when tested, Khan’s advocate Shrikant Shivde had claimed.
Shengal, who was posted as senior inspector at the Bandra police station at the time of the accident, said the blood samples were preserved properly and were kept in the refrigerator in his cubical in the police station.
Pradeep Gharat, the special public prosecutor, examined Shengal to show the process adopted by the police and steps taken by them during the investigation.
Rajendra Kadam, the sub-inspector who had registered the case, was also examined by Khan’s advocate. The actor was present in the court with his sisters. He frequently sought explanation of various terms from his advocate and instructed him about the incident.
Shengal said Khan was first taken to Bhabha hospital for medical examination, but as the hospital lacked the facility to extract blood samples, he was taken to JJ hospital. He refuted the defence’s claim that Khan was taken to the other hospital because the reports from Bhabha were not favourable to police’s case. The examination and cross examination of Shengal would continue on March 17.
Kadam said police teams had looked for the actor at various places to arrest him. He was finally apprehended while on his way to meet an advocate for advice.
Khan is charged with crashing his car into the American Express bakery shop in Bandra, killing one person and injuring four, on September 28, 2002. According to the prosecution, Khan was allegedly under the influence of liquor while driving the car.