Mumbai, June 25 : A Pune-based rights activist has sought a probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of actor Salman Khan’s bodyguard Ravindra Patil, who was also a witness in the 2002 accident in which the actor was convicted in May. The demand for a probe by the state government was made in a public interest litigation (PIL) filed before the Bombay High Court on Thursday. 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. Attempts were also made to prevent Ravindra Patil from giving the true version and correct statements pertaining to the accident, it was claimed. Quoting some media reports, Kachave said Ravindra Patil had disappeared for some time and was later found dead under mysterious circumstances, which need to be probed. (IANS)