Salman Wasn’t Under the Influence of Alcohol, Doctor Says in Court
A doctor told the sessions court in Mumbai on Thursday that actor Salman Khan was smelling alcohol, but was not under the influence of alcohol. The doctor said that the observations were made purely on chemical analysis report. The blood samples of Salman Khan were collected by the doctor over 10 hours after the hit and run case took place in 2002. The doctor had also said that Salman’s gait was normal and that his speech was consistent during the examination.
The word ‘alcohol’ mentioned in the medical case paper of the hospital is a fabricated one, according to the defence lawyer. The doctor who represented the hospital immediately denied this allegation and said that he had himself carried the original register of the hospital to the lower courts during the previous hearings.
Salam Khan is represented in the court by advocate Shrikant Shivade and he claimed that the medical register was missing for years and it resurfaced only later. The doctor who was on duty in the accident casualty ward of JJ Hospital also deposed before the court that Salman Khan was brought to the court almost 10 hours after the acceding and he was brought for examination by the Bandra police between 2 pm and 6pm. The doctor was the medical officer of JJ Hospital till 2008.
The doctor said that, “I took the patient history, but he denied he had consumed alcohol. After that I did my examination for blood test. Pupils were slightly dilated, gait was normal, speech was coherent.” The defence lawyer said that there could be various other reasons for a person’s pupil to be dilated. It could also be because of incomplete sleep.
Salman’s advocate also told the court that his client’s permission was not sought before taking his blood sample for which the doctor said that he had sought verbal consent of Salman Khan.
The doctor also told the court that he had collected Salman Khan’s blood samples in two containers according to the standard procedure. One of the containers had the preservative whereas the other container was an empty one in which Salman’s plain blood was only collected. The doctor also identified the casualty form that he had filled on that day.
Meanwhile, the doctor had also sought police protection last Monday before deposing to the court on January 22nd. He made this appeal through Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat on Monday and did not cite any reason for seeking police protection. The court asked him to give a written application and the doctor did not want to do that.
The next hearing on the Salman hit and run case is posted for January 27th.