Meanwhile, Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria ordered a probe and finally the missing documents were recovered from the Bandra Police Station Aug 26. When newly-appointed public prosecution Pradeep Gharat produced the documents before the court, Judge Deshpande took them on record and directed him to proceed with the examination of witnesses from Sep 24.
Till date, 11 witnesses have already deposed in the case before the instance of missing documents came to the fore.
On Dec 5 last year, the sessions court had ordered a fresh trial on grounds that the witnesses had not been examined in the context of the enhanced charge of "culpable homicide not amounting to murder" slapped on the actor by a magistrate court.
The magistrate had earlier tried him on the less serious offence of causing "death by negligence" which attracts a two year jail term, but midway during the trial, the charge of "culpable homicide not amounting to murder", which carried a 10-year sentence, was added. The ruling by the lower court came after examining 17 witnesses and the matter was transferred to the sessions court.
Salman Khan's car had allegedly mowed down five pavement dwellers, killing one and injuring four others outside a baker in suburban Bandra, on Sep 28, 2002.