Lawyer Shrikant Shivade, defending Salman Khan in the 2002 accident
case, argued on Friday that the Indian Penal Code seection dealing with
culpable homicide not amounting to murder was wrongly applied on the
The Section 304 part IIsection stipulates a maximum punishment of 10
According to Shivade, in the present case, "The live link of the act
and the death is snapped".
"The prosecution has not been able to prove that the death (of one
pavement dweller) was caused because of the act," Shivade argued before
Additional Sessions Judge D. W. Deshpande.
During the past couple of days, Shivade had raised questions on the
medical tests conducted on Salman within five minutes, how his vehicle
was examined in 20 minutes, the competency of the chemical analyst and
other aspects during his arguments in the re-trial of case currently
underway before Judge Deshpande.
On Saturday, Shivade is expected to argue on the statement of former
police bodyguard constable Ravindra Patil, who was the first
complainant in the accident that took place on September 28, 2002.
Salman's defence team, in the past, has questioned the inclusion of
Patil's evidence since he died of natural causes some years ago and
could not be cross-examined.