Two more witnesses identify Salman Khan in hit-and-run case

Published: June 23, 2014
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Bollywood actor Salman Khan. AFP/Getty Images

IANS

Mumbai  – As Salman Khan appeared in court at his retrial on Monday in Mumbai, two more witnesses identified the Bollywood star as being present at the scene of a 2002 hit-and-run incident.

A witness, identified as Rizwan, and manager with the Rain Bar, informed the court that Salman and his friends had ordered food and drinks that night.

Rizwan told public prosecutor Jagannath Kenjalkar that he saw the actor holding a glass with a colourless liquid like water in it, but he was not sure what it was and did not see Salman drinking it.

“I am not sure whether Khan himself consumed the drink as the order was taken by a waiter,” he said.

Later, between 1:15 and 1:30 a.m., Rizwan went to see Salman and his friends to the door, noting that the actor was walking normally and did not smell of liquor.

In the cross-examination by Khan’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade, Rizwan admit he could not see who was having food and drinks under the dim lighting of the restaurant.

Another witness, Ramashray Pandey, owner of a dairy shop near the scene, said that he saw Salman alighting out of the front seat of his car after the accident that night in Bandra suburb in which one pavement dweller was killed and four others injured.

He said that the actor’s police bodyguard Ravindra Patil (who is now dead) was already outside the vehicle and there was a huge commotion in the area.

“People were shouting ‘accident, accident’ and some people were under the SUV and crying for help,” he said, adding that some others were trying to pull the car’s front door free which was stuck in the laundry shutter while some pelted stones at the vehicle.

The two witnesses’ testimony came after the hearing resumed in the retrial of the hit-and-run case against Salman in which he is facing an additional charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder which attracts a 10-year jail term.

Last month, three other witnesses testified before the court and also identified the actor in the case, in the previous retrial which started April 28.

Salman is accused of driving his SUV onto a pavement in Bandra on Sept. 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four others.

In December 2013, a Mumbai court ordered a retrial in the case.

IANS 2014-06-23 18:12:12

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