Syringe to draw blood not sterilised, says Salman’s lawyer

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2015 22:46 IST
Salman Khan was convicted on May 6 this year by a sessions court in Mumbai which held him guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. (Kalpak Pathak/HT photo)

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Wednesday heard actor Salman Khan’s lawyer question whether the syringe that was used to draw Khan’s blood to test its alcohol content during the 2002 hit-and-run accident was sterilised.

As part of the ongoing proceedings, the actor’s lawyer argued against Khan’s five-year conviction in the accident case where one person was killed and four others injured, before a bench presided by justice AR Joshi. In an attempt to weaken the prosecution’s case, senior counsel Amit Desai appearing for Khan said the due medical procedures were not followed while extracting the actor’s blood.

The defence lawyer said not only was the blood collected 12 hours after the accident, the needle used to extract the blood was not sterilised. He also said that the officer, who took the blood for examination, did not know about the special disposal kits for alcohol.

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The alcohol content in the actor’s blood was 62 mg, which is beyond the permissible level of 30 mg.

Desai said to test the blood for alcohol consumption, 5 cc of blood was required but the medical officer only drew 3 cc. He also brought to the notice of the court that the officer was not examined and only cross examined.

Desai concluded his argument for the day by saying there is no integrity in the prosecution’s case as it only relies upon circumstantial and documentary evidence.

The arguments will continue on Thursday.

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