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2002 hit-and-run case: 5 things Salman said in a Mumbai court

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Describing the evidence against him as ‘false’, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan pleaded not guilty in the 2002 hit and run case in a Mumbai sessions court on Friday.

According to prosecution, he was driving the car and he was under the influence of liquor at the relevant time, a charge he denied.

Khan also moved an application to ban the media during the recording of his statement in the case. Judge DW Deshpande rejected the plea but directed the media to report only after the recording of Salman's entire statement is completed.

Here are five things that he said in the court.

1. Salman told the trial court that he was not driving the car which met with an accident in 2002 killing one person and injuring four.

2. The actor said that he had not taken drinks before the mishap happened and his driver was behind the wheel at the time of the accident. "My driver, Ashok Singh, was driving the car when the mishap occurred," Khan, attired in a white shirt and blue denim jeans, said in reply to a question posed by Judge D W Deshpande.

3. "I do not want to examine myself but would like to examine defence witnesses", said the actor when the court asked him what he had to say about the case against him.

4. The actor also said that Bala Shankar, who had tested Khan's blood sample was not an expert. He was responding to deposition of this witness who had told the court earlier that 62mg alcohol was found in Khan's blood sample, which was above the permissible limit, indicating that the actor had taken drinks before the mishap.

5. Khan further told the Judge that the chemical analysis expert, while testing his blood sample, had allegedly not followed the procedures prescribed for examination.

Case history

In the early hours of September 28, 2002, Khan's white Toyota Land Cruiser rammed into the American Express Bakery in suburban Bandra, close to his sea-front home in Galaxy Apartments, before fleeing from the accident site.

One pavement dweller sleeping outside the bakery was killed and four others were injured, leading to Khan's arrest by the Bandra Police later that morning.

The actor is facing charges of IPC Section 304(II) - which attracts a 10-year jail sentence, sections 279, 337, 338, 427, and under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949.