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Activist seek probe into death of witness; Salman Khan accident case

A Rights activist from Pune has sought a probe into the situation which surrounded the death of Ravindra Patil, Salman Khan’s bodyguard.

The demand for the probe was made in Public Interest Litigation (PIL) by the state government and it was filed before the Bombay High Court on Thursday.

Ravindra Patil was a witness for the 2002 car accident in which the actor was convicted in May.

According to IBN Live, Petitioner-activist Hemant Patil has contended that legal action must be initiated against Salman who allegedly pressurised the witness not to reveal the facts of the accident during the trial.
The petition is likely to come up for hearing before the court some time next week, Hemant Patil’s lawyer R.N. Kachave said.

The petitioner claimed that during the trial, it was revealed that Salman and other unknown people used undue influence upon the late bodyguard.

Mumbai: Actor Salman Khan arrives to appear before a Mumbai court in connection with the infamous 2002 hit and run case on March 12, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

Mumbai: Actor Salman Khan arrives to appear before a Mumbai court in connection with the infamous 2002 hit and run case on March 12, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

Attempts were also made to prevent Ravindra Patil from giving the true version and correct statements pertaining to the accident, it was claimed.

Kachave also said Ravindra Patil had disappeared for some time and was later found dead under mysterious circumstances, which need to be probed.

He also said that Ravindra Patil did not even appear before the court which issued a non-bailable warrant against him, as he feared Salman and his associates, but instead of giving him protection, he was hounded and jailed.

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. Reportedly, it is also said that Ravindra died on October 4, 2007 from tuberculosis.

“A probe into all this could throw more light into the entire accident case involving the actor and the truth can come out,” Kachave told IBN Live.

Last month, Salman was found guilty and sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment by a Mumbai sessions court for the accident case of September 28, 2002 which took place in Bandra in which one died and four others injured.

Salman’s plea challenging the conviction will come up before the high court on July 1.

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