Witnesses rock cosy citadel of Salman

Mumbai

Three key witnesses in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan on Monday identified him in a sessions court saying they had seen him getting down from the car which had met with an accident in Bandra on September 28, 2002.

The witnesses were among the injured who were run over by the car when they were sleeping on a footpath near American Express Bakery on that day.

The three witnesses who deposed on Tuesday were Manu Khan, Mohammed Kalim Iqbal Pathan and Muslim Shaikh. All of them were workers of the Bakery, which was hit by the car.

The court is conducting the re-trial of this case after the charges of culpable homicide were added recently.

While one witness said he saw the actor getting down from the front door on the right hand side, the other said he had seen Salman getting down from the driver’s seat. Another witness said the actor had got down from the vehicle but did not remember from which side he got down.

One person was killed and four people were injured in the incident after which police booked Salman in this case on the charge of rash and negligent driving and other charges. The prosecution has alleged the Toyota Land Cruiser involved in the incident was driven by Salman who was under the influence of liquor.

So far, four witnesses have deposed in the re-trial. One among them is a panch witness and the other three are eyewitnesses. The prosecution would examine another three witnesses on May 19.

Witness gets threat call          

One of the key witnesses has allegedly received “threat” calls asking him to accept Rs five lakh for “staying away” from the case, police said on Tuesday. The witness, Muslim Shaikh, received two phone calls on Sunday night from an unidentified person who asked him to accept Rs five lakh and keep away from the case, a police officer told PTI.

All the witnesses told Judge DW Deshpande that they saw the actor getting down from the car. He was held by the people who were shouting “nichey utro” (get down). Salman was held by the people but another person, who also got down from the vehicle, said he was a policeman and hence they released the actor who ran away from the spot, they said.

Salman, accompanied by his sisters Alvira and Arpita was present during the entire hearing.

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