Salman Khan’s Hit & Run Case: Petition seeks probe into death of Ravindra Patil
A Pune based activist filed a petition in the High Court today against Salman Khan. The activist has sought a probe into the circumstances, that led to the death of the key witness Ravindra Patil in the Salman Khan Hit & Run Case. The Petitioner-activist Hemant Patil, has contended that legal action must be initiated against Salman Khan. As he apparently pressurized the witness not to reveal the facts of the accident during the trial. Also attempts were made to prevent Ravindra Patil from giving the true version and correct statements pertaining to the accident.
Hemant Patil’s lawyer R.N. Kachave said, “The petition is likely to come up for hearing before the court some time next week. Ravindra Patil had disappeared for some time and was later found dead under mysterious circumstances, which need to be probed. Ravindra Patil did not appear before the court, which issued a non-bailable warrant against him. He feared Salman and his associates, but instead of giving him protection, he was hounded and jailed.”
R.N. Kachave added, “It was after his release from jail that Ravindra Patil disappeared and was later traced to a hotel in the Mahabaleshwar hill station by a police team. Subsequently, it transpired that he was suffering from tuberculosis and breathed his last on October 4, 2007. A probe into all this could throw more light into the entire accident case involving the actor and the truth can come out.”
Salman was found guilty and sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment by a Mumbai sessions court last month in the September 28, 2002 accident in Bandra which left one dead and four others injured. The High Court had overruled his jail term, at present the actor is out on bail. His plea challenging the conviction will come up before the High Court on July 1.