Actor Salman Khan, dressed in jeans and a blue-green shirt, was in a Mumbai court today for a hearing of the hit-and-run case dating from 2002 in which he faces charges of culpable homicide. He is accompanied by his sisters, Alvira and the newly-wed Arpita Khan.
Chemical analysis expert Bala Shankar, who was attached to a forensic sciences laboratory in 2002, testified in court today that he found traces of alcohol in the blood sample he was asked to analyse after the hit-and-run. He told the court that he had found 62 mg of ethyl alcohol in the blood sample of 100 ml. He also said that 30 mg of ethyl alcohol is the amount normally found but can increase to 45 mg because of medical treatment.
A motor vehicles inspector also testified today.
One person was killed and four others were injured when a car, allegedly driven by the actor, rammed into a bakery in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on September 28, 2002.
For years, his lawyers have argued that Mr Khan was not driving the car.
The actor faces the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. If convicted, he could face a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.