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Salman Khan ‘hit-and-run’ case takes new twist: Alcohol levels found double the limit

In a major setback to actor Salman Khan in the “hit and run accident” in 2002, the proceedings of the court in Mumbai revealed that the alcohol content in Bollywood actor’s blood was found to be 62% compared to permissible levels of 30% when he was made to undergo a test, a chemical analysis expert testified in a sessions court on Wednesday.

Petitioner and advocate Abha Singh told IANS: “Today, Salman’s blood sample reports were presented in the court and as per his reports, his alcohol level in 100 ml blood was found to be 62 mg. “Any amount of alcohol found in blood is enough for an offence if you are found driving.”

Salman’s defense lawyer said the blood reports must be cross-examined by a doctor from J J Hospital, revealed Singh, and added: “I think the judge will soon pass an order on that.

“Besides, the RTO of Andheri office area had come (to the court) and the public prosecutor asked him whether the vehicle and its brake were in good condition.”

Efforts are being made to wrap up the case by December end as it has already been delayed a lot, Singh said. Salman was present for the whole day at the hearing and his both sisters were also present, including Arpita Khan who was married off recently.

His car had allegedly mowed down five pavement dwellers, killing one and injuring four others in suburban Bandra on Sep 28, 2002. The actor was exempted by the sessions court from appearing Nov 24, 2014. However, the court examined two prosecution witnesses on the same date.

One of them was the manager of a laundry situated at the place where the incident took place.

Now that the defence version has strengthened with the alcohol levels, the condition of brakes were reportedly alright, does the case have any further scope to rescue the actor? If proved guilty, Salman Khan faces jail term of more than 5 years and follows Sanjay Dutt, shutting down hopes of many producers dependent on his films.

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