SAL­MAN KHAN NOT GUILTY, BUT WHO WAS DRIV­ING CAR?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aye­sha Arvind aye­sha.arvind@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: In its ver­dict on Thurs­day, the Bom­bay high court said the pros­e­cu­tion had failed to prove that Sal­man Khan was drunk and be­hind the wheel of his Toy­ota Land Cruiser when it crashed into a bak­ery in Ban­dra, killing a man and in­jur­ing four oth­ers on Septem­ber 28, 2002. But it left a 13-year-old mystery unresolved: who, then, was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle?

The vic­tims, all of whom were employees of A-1 Bak­ery, were asleep on the pave­ment when they were run over and none of them could iden­tify con­clu­sively who had been driv­ing the ve­hi­cle, though some tes­ti­fied that they had seen Sal­man get­ting out of the driver’s seat. This, how­ever, proved to be of lit­tle use as the ac­tor ad­mit­ted he had ex­ited the car from the driver’s side as the door on his side was jammed, a claim his lawyers es­tab­lished as fact in court.

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