The hit-and-run case involving gutsy actor Salman Khan witnessed twists and turns that could put the Bollywood star on slippery grounds. One of the investigating officers, who had registered an FIR against the actor in 2002 in the hit-and-run case, on Friday told the trial court that Khan was not found at the accident spot after the mishap on that day or at his house, which was barely 200 metres away.
“When I reached the spot, I did not find Khan. I then went to his house in nearby Galaxy apartments but even there the accused was not traced,” said Rajendra Kadam who had registered a case against the Bollywood actor for alleged rash and negligent driving.
Khan is charged with ramming his white Land Cruiser car into the American Express bakery shop in suburban Bandra, killing one person and injuring four people who were sleeping on the pavement on September 28, 2002.
According to the prosecution, Khan was allegedly under the influence of liquor while driving the car and had left the spot as soon as he met with the accident. After a few hours, he had surrendered himself at the police station.
In the court today, Khan, attired in blue jeans and blue shirt, sat in the front row along with his sister Alvira. The 49-year-old actor keenly watched the proceedings and talked to his lawyer Srikant Shivade occasionally.
In a related development, trial Judge D W Deshpande, on a defence plea, asked Bandra police station to produce case diaries on Saturday to go through the entries made therein by the investigation officer on the first three days from the date of mishap. The defence lawyer wants to scrutinise the entries to cross examine the police officer.
Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat said he had no objection to the production of the case diaries provided they were exhibited as evidence in the court.