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Is god helping Salman Khan? More case papers go missing

Friday, 22 August 2014 - 5:10am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

The trial in actor Salman Khan's 2002 hit-and-run case took a new turn on Thursday after the police informed the court they have failed to trace the original statements as well as the case diary. The court has directed the police to come up with suggestions on how to relocate the vital documents and file an affidavit on September 12.
The police on June 25 informed the court they were unable to trace the original copies of the statements of two vital witnesses. The police had claimed that the documents might be either in the Bandra police station or in the public prosecutor's office. But they failed to produce it till July 25.
Khan is accused of ramming his car on pavement dwellers in September 2002, killing one and injuring four.

Case diary missing
The Bandra police on Thursday informed the court that the case diary is missing.

Importance of case diary
The diary is a vital document, which the police maintains for every case. It has detailed information on investigations conducted at every stage.

Witness statements goes missing
The police on June 25 informed the court that vital witness statements went missing. Former investigating officer Kishan Shengal had maintained that when any case is transferred from a lower court to a sessions court, the lower court does not maintain the record of evidence or statements. Those statements are either sent to the police station or to the public prosecutor's office.

Importance of witness statements
As per law, the court needs the original documents to corroborate the prosecution's evidence and for the trial to proceed.

Eyewitness constable Ravindra Patil passes away
The security guard of actor Salman Khan, who was present with the actor at the time of the accident, passed away in October 2007. Patil died a natural death. As per the police he was the prime witness.

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