Mumbai: Salman Khan’s late body guard Ravindra Patil spent his last days in the shadow of disease and despair. His health deteriorated and his family abandoned him after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Neighbours and friends would take care of Patil at his Naigaon police quarter in Dadar. One day, he was found on the streets near Sewri by a friend in 2007 and admitted him to hospital. He died the same year, in October.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan heaved a huge sigh of relief and broke down after the Bombay high court on Thursday acquitted him in the 2002 hit-and-run case, overturning the verdict of the trial court sentencing him to five years imprisonment.
“The appeal filed by Salman Salim Khan is allowed. He is acquitted of all charges against him. His conviction and sentence stand quashed,” said Justice AR Joshi, pronouncing the judgment.
Patil had given his statement before the Bandra magistrate court and during the trial he suddenly went missing, the reason for which was never known. Police arrested him in March 2006 for not reporting to duty and later in November he was removed from service.
Before his death, Patil spoke to his friends in Naigaon and told them that he had never changed his statement in the case. He told them that told the court entire truth.
On the intervening night of September 27-28, 2002 Salman Khan reportedly returning from a Juhu hotel with singer Kamaal Khan and his police bodyguard Ravindra Patil when the alleged accident took place. One bakery worker was killed and four injured in the accident. The Bandra police had made Patil a key witness in the case.