Missing witness statements  delay Salman case hearing

Mumbai : A day after a witness turned hostile in the Salman Khan accident case retrial, police statements of two witnesses were reported to be “untraceable” on Wednesday which led to the case being adjourned for a month to July 25, UNI reports.

The prosecution informed Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande that the original police statements of two witnesses could not be traced although both witnesses were ready for examination.

  Public prosecutor Jagannath V. Kenjralkar sought more time, which was granted, and the court adjourned the matter to July 25 after directing police to trace the papers and present them before the court.

Retired investigating officer K. Shenghal informed the court that the statements of both witnesses may be at the Bandra magistrate court where the earlier trial was conducted.

After Shenghal’s retirement, Rajendra Kane was appointed to investigate  the matter and was present in court on Wednesday.

In view of the development, the testimony of the two witnesses could not be recorded on Wednesday, the third day after the hearing resumed in the retrial of the September 2002 hit-and-run case against Khan.

Khan is facing an additional charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder which attracts a 10-year jail term.

 So far, 11 witnesses have been examined, of which one turned hostile on Tuesday.

 Khan is accused of driving his SUV onto a pavement in Bandra on September 28, 2002, leading to the death of one person and injuries to four others.

 On December 5, 2013, a Mumbai court ordered a retrial in the case which is under way in the sessions court.

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