According to latest reports on 2002 hit and run case, a Pune base rights activist has sought an investigation on the death of actor Salman Khan‘s bodyguard Ravindra Patil, who was also a witness of the accident in 2002.
The demand for the probe by the State government was made in a public interest litigation (PIL) filed before the Bombay High Court on Thursday, June 25, 2015.
Petitioner named Hemant Patil has dragged Salman khan to the court initiating against the actor that he allegedly pressurized the witness not to reveal the facts of the 2002 accident in the court. It is also claimed that Salman Khan used unknown people to influence under the dead bodyguard.
Reportedly, the petition may likely come up some time in next week for the hearing at the Bombay High Court.
Ravindra patil was a constable who was as a police bodyguard for Salman Khan. According to the case details, Patil was present in the car when the accident took place in 2002, killing one person and injuring four. Ravindra Patil was the first witness who filed FIR against Salman Khan in 2002. But reportedly something went wrong with Ravindra Patil and he expired in a suspicious death in 2007, claiming his death due to TB.
The constable and police bodyguard of Salman Khan had a tragedy death while going through the entire case as a witness. Reportedly he was seen begging on the streets of Mumbai while he was suffering from TB and later he died in October 2007 at a municipal hospital. It is said, somewhere during the ongoing case of Salman Khan, Patil had gone missing and after found he was sent to Arthur road jail.
During the last trail, the defence lawyer Shrikant Shivade in his final argument before Judge D W Deshpande of the Mumbai session’s court had said that witness’s statement shows that Salman Khan was not driving the car on September 28, 2002. He also challenged the statement of police constable Ravindra Patil, the bodyguard who had filed the first complaint.
Defence lawyer Shrikant Shivade also said that Ravindra Patil’s evidence had been brought up at the fag end of the trial to create injustice against the accused.
13 years after the trial began, Salman Khan’s 2002 hit and run case came to end on May 6 where session court found him guilty and sentenced him for five years jail, convicted under all charges including under Section 304 A of the Indian Penal Code (rash and negligent driving); 279 (rash driving); 337 (causing minor injuries); 338 (causing major injuries) 427 (negligence) in connection with the case.
Sentence was suspended on May 8th and bail was granted in cash of Rs 30,000 in lieu of surety as a temporary measure.