The prosecution and the defence in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan have finally completed their arguments in the case, nearly 13 years after the incident.
Hindustan Times looks at how the case shaped out through the years, and what the prosecution and defence had to say.
According to the prosecution, on the night of September 27, 2002, the actor with his friend Kamal Khan and bodyguard Ravindra Patil left for Rain bar. The prosecution claims that when they left Galaxy Apartment (the actor’s house), Khan was driving.
There, the actor allegedly consumed alcohol, the prosecution said. After leaving Rain bar, Khan went to JW Marriott hotel in Juhu. The prosecution claims here, too, the actor consumed alcohol and left around 2:15am for his home. As per the prosecution case, this time, too, the actor was driving.
However, near Hill Road, Khan lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a bakery, killing one and injuring four others, the prosecution had told court.
Here, the actor was caught by the public and assaulted. As his bodyguard Patil tried to protect him, Khan’s friend Francis Fernandis (who lives nearby) came to the spot and rescued him.
The prosecution has alleged that the actor did not have a licence. It was further alleged that he was driving at a speed of 90 to 100 km/hour. While concluding their argument, the prosecution demanded actor be convicted.
The defence, on the other hand, steadfastly maintained throughout the trials that Khan was never on the wheels ever since he left his home. They claimed that the car was being driven by his drivers Altaf and Ashok Singh.
The defence claims that when the car left home, there were four people in the car and the car was being driven by actor’s driver Altaf. They further said the actor had not consumer alcohol and drank only water in the bar.
According to the defence, when the party reached Marriott, Altaf expressed his desire to leave as he was not feeling well. Then Khan called his other driver Ashok Singh, who drove the car from Marriott towards home, and was on the wheels when the accident took place. The defence has argued that there were pebbles on the road and when the car reached the junction, the front left tyre burst, leading to the accident.
The defence alleged that the police had falsely implicated Khan and the incident was merely an accident, upon which no one had any control.