‘Crane’ steps in Salman’s ‘hit and run’ case

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Mumbai: Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s legal representative told the trial court that victims of 2002 hit and run case sustained serious injuries not in the mishap itself, but when the wrecked car fell on them while being lifted by a crane.The case is that Khan rammed his Toyota Land Cruiser into a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one and injuring four others.

“There are circumstances to suggest that the car dropped on the persons who were underneath when it was being lifted with the help of a crane brought by police after the mishap”, said defence lawyer Shrikant Shivade in his  final arguments before sessions judge D W Deshpande. He read out statements of witnesses to argue that there were no blood-stains on bedsheets and pillow covers. The victims said that they were dragged down by the impact.

“If the accident was the cause of injuries, would they be in the position to cry for help?” the defence lawyer asked. Sessions court is conducting a fresh trial after the earlier magistrate’s court upgraded the charges. Salman’s father and script-writer Salim Khan , mother Salma and sister Alvira were present during the proceedings.

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