Salman Khan case: Court warrant against witness
Bollywood actor Salman Khan is charged with killing one person and injuring four in 2002 by ramming his car into a shop.Updated: Jan 19, 2006 18:19 IST
A local court on Thursday issued bailable warrant against a prime witness who failed to appear in the in the Salman Khan hit-and-run case.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan is charged with killing one person and injuring four in 2002 by ramming his car into a shop.
Ravindra Patil, an eye witness, who had earlier supported the prosecution's case, did not appear on Thursday for cross-examination failing which defence lawyer Dipesh Mehta pressed for the warrant.
Taking a serious note of his absence, the court issued bailable warrant of Rs 5,000 against Patil and asked him to appear on February 2.
This is for the second time the witness has failed to appear. Earlier, the court had issued non-bailable warrant against him.
Patil had deposed before the court saying that the actor drove rashly on September 28, 2002, killing one and injuring four when his car rammed into a shop.
The witness, Ravindra Patil, who was accompanying Salman as police bodyguard in the same car which met with the mishap, had told the suburban Bandra magistrate that he had warned the actor not to drive rashly or else he would meet with an accident but he did not pay heed to his advice.
Salman's lawyer Dipesh Mehta was all set to cross-examine him on Thursday but the witness did not appear.
"We shall grill Patil on February 2 during cross- examination and seek to demolish his claim about cautioning Salman," Mehta said.
First Published: Jan 19, 2006 18:19 IST