In a new twist in the 2002 hit-and-run case, the prosecution Tuesday declared that a witness had turned “hostile” after he denied having earlier told the police that he had seen actor Salman Khan at the accident spot.
“I had not stated to the police that the person alighting from the front seat of the car was Salman Khan,” the witness said while prosecutor J V Kenjalkar was reading out his police statement which stated otherwise. “I had not told the police that after the accident, Salman Khan was running away from the spot,” he added.
The witness, Sachin Kadam, was employed as a security guard at Neelsagar hotel, situated opposite to the accident site. At the time of the accident, he was working on a 12-hour night shift beginning 8 pm.
Kadam said he could not tell the registration number of the car that crashed into the footpath outside a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002.
Another witness who identified the actor was one among the victims who sustained injuries in the accident. Mohammed Sheikh (35) told the court that had heard the people rescuing them from beneath the car saying “Salman Khan had caused the accident”.
Sheikh, who worked for a certain A1 Bakery on Bazaar road, Bandra, said he had seen Salman standing at the accident spot after he and another victim were rescued from under the car.The prosecution informed the court that four other witnesses, who were served summons by the court, were untraceable. The next hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.