A parking attendant at J W Marriott Hotel told a sessions court on Thursday that he had seen actor Salman Khan get into the driver’s seat of his Land Cruiser on the night of the hit-and-run incident in 2002. The attendant is the first witness in the trial to claim to have seen Khan in the driver’s seat.
On September 28, 2002, Khan is alleged to have rammed his vehicle into a bakery in Bandra, killing one and injuring four. He was held and charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
The witness for the prosecution was working as a valet parking assistant with the J W Marriot Hotel in Juhu on the night of the incident. That night, Khan allegedly visited Rain Bar in Bandra before going to Enigma, a club in the Marriott. He allegedly consumed alcohol at both places.
“After I gave Khan the keys to his vehicle, he got into the driver’s seat and tipped me Rs 500,” the parking assistant told the sessions court on Thursday. He also told the court that he had seen singer Kamaal Khan, Salman’s cousin, accompanying the actor, that evening. “I had seen Kamaal Khan sitting in the back seat,” the witness deposed. During cross-examination, however, the witness contradicted his statement. While he maintained that Kamaal Khan was sitting in the back seat of the car, he said he was seated on the left side. Meanwhile, an employee of A1 bakery, which is located at the accident site, was also examined by the court.
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