Ravindra Patil a ‘wholly unreliable’ witness, says HC; verdict tomorrow

The Judge observed that the evidence of Patil was doubtful because he had made improvements in his version later when his statement was recorded.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 10, 2015 1:37 pm
salman khan, salman khan case, salman khan hit-and-run case The court will continue dictation of its order on Salman’s appeal Tuesday

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday doubted the evidence of Ravindra Patil, former police bodyguard of Bollywood star Salman Khan and witness in the 2002 hit-and-run case, observing that he was “wholly unreliable.”

Justice A R Joshi said this while dictating the verdict in the appeal filed by the actor against the five-year sentence awarded to him by a Mumbai sessions court on May 6 this year. The high court will pronounce its verdict in the case tomorrow.

Patil had lodged the FIR in this case on September 28, 2002, hours after the mishap occurred. In the FIR, he did not mention whether Salman was driving the car under the influence of liquor.

However, on October 1, 2002, after the receipt of Salman’s blood test report, Patil gave a statement before a Magistrate saying that the actor had taken drinks on the ill-fated day and he had warned him not to drive rashly or else he would meet with an accident but Salman did not pay heed to his advice.

Salman cannot be convicted on the basis of evidence submitted: HC

The Judge observed today that the evidence of Patil was doubtful because he had made improvements in his version later when his statement was recorded.

“In view of this, he (Patil) is “wholly unreliable witness”, the Judge noted while dictating his order in the court for the third consecutive day.

“Even if his statement has to be considered as partially reliable, there has to be corroboration in evidence which is not existing in this case,” said the Judge in the court jampacked with lawyers, reporters and law students.

Ravindra Patil passed away in 2007 and was not available during the trial in the sessions court. However, the prosecution had produced Patil’s statement recorded by a Magistrate earlier in which he had implicated Salman.

The trial court accepted Patil’s statement and said it was admissible in law, based on which the actor was convicted.

Salman, however, challenged the admissibility of the statement and said the witness was not available to him for cross-examination and contended that the trial court had erred in accepting this piece of evidence.

The High Court, however, is yet to give a ruling on the admissibility of Patil’s statement.

On September 28, 2002, the actor’s car had rammed into a shop in suburban Bandra. In the mishap, one person was killed and four others injured.

Salman, who is on bail, did not come to the court, though his sister, Alvira Khan-Agnihotri, attended the hearing.

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  1. P
    perfect writing
    Dec 9, 2015 at 4:20 pm
    How can people write standard comments like judge ko paisa khilayala, different laws for celebrities, money power etc without pausing to think even for a second and by being totally oblivious to what is really happening and what is being said. Why can't Salman's side be true? He has maintained the same stance right from the beginning. What gives people the authority to play judge themselves and trash everything that is contrary to their beliefs. I think Salman is innocent and even if he was driving, it is just an accident.
    1. B
      Dec 9, 2015 at 11:26 am
      100s of 1000s of politicians, 100s of 1000s of judges, 100s of 1000s judicial clerks, 100s of 1000s of peons, 100s of 1000s of typists, 100s of 1000s brokers have earned 100s of 1000s of rupees with this EPIC CASE. And some FOOLS are discussing so seriously about their life's most important issue.
      1. R
        Dec 10, 2015 at 9:09 am
        We all know that Brahmin terrorist RSS chaddi bhakts and terrorist Pracharaks , who since independence Engineered, Planned and executed thousands of riots and killed millions of Muslims, Christians, and some free soul Hindus for criticizing them, were never tried, or prosecuted. they are all free and our corrupt system has even rewarded them with ministries and positions of power where they can utilize govt insutions to further carry their agenda with impunity. these Bollywood actors are peanuts ( kille don and injured 4) compared to killings carried out by Brahmin terrorist RSS and its affiliated terrorist organizations like Bajrang dal, VHP, Abhinav Bharat, Sanatan Sanstha etc.
        1. S
          Dec 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm
          Wow its the hc which has is highly unlikely reliable
          1. V
            Dec 9, 2015 at 4:22 pm
            If Salman gets away with this then it will be a mockery of the entire system. Looks like he will since the judge called Patil a "WHOLLY" unreliable witness. Seems like the judge has made up his mind and is conveniently discrediting the long dead Patil to justify the acquittal.
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