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Salman Khan hit-and-run case: Result of drinking clear liquid is 62mg of alcohol in blood?

Salman Khan hit-and-run case: Result of drinking clear liquid is 62mg of alcohol in blood?The prosecution in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving actor Slaman Khan argued on Monday that the actor was drunk and had driven the car on the night when a person was killed and four others were injured. 

Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat, refuting Khan's claim that he had been only drinking water at a Juhu restaurant hours before the incident, referred to a statement by a restaurant staffer who had earlier told court that the group, of which the accused was part of, had ordered Bacardi and cocktails, and that Khan had been drinking a clear liquid. "Bacardi rum looks like water. During cross-examination, the defence did not tell the witness that he was wrong and the accused was drinking water. What is this clear liquid? The result of drinking this clear liquid is 62 mg of alcohol in the blood?" Gharat asked. The prosecution said Khan was helpful to the police and there was no reason to harass him. "This rules out the entire defence of false implication," Gharat said.

Referring to the deceased key prosecution witness Ravindra Patil, Gharat said that the defence had plenty of opportunities to cross-examine him in the lower court.

Gharat dubbed the sole defence witness, driver Ashok Singh, a "self-condemned liar" and said he was liable for perjury. Singh had told court that he was at the wheel. Referring to Singh's continued service with the family despite his claims, Gharat asked, "Why was this person tolerated for 12 years and his services not discontinued?" The prosecution pointed out that Singh had kept quiet for 12 years and had not approached Khan's or any other advocate on how to come before court. "He claims that he did not know court procedure.Then the million dollar question is how on this particular date (of deposition) he is produced before court?" Gharat asked."

He wondered how a person of Khan's stature would suffer for an ordinary driver. "Is this acceptable, sir?" Gharat asked judge D W Deshpande.

Gharat argued that Singh was not at the spot after the incident, as he claimed. He said that while Singh's claim that he did not see anybody under the tyre was contradicted by statements of injured witnesses. "If he is really involved, should not it have been his anxiety to see how many persons had suffered the consequences of his misdeed? " Gharat said.

The prosecution stated that while other witnesses said that Khan was "pushed and pulled" after the incident, Singh denied this.

"This proves that he is a liar and had come forward to save the accused," Gharat argued.

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