Wit­ness turns hos­tile in Sal­man Khan hit-and-run case

The Political and Business Daily - - NATION -

A wit­ness in the 2002 hi­tand-run case in­volv­ing Sal­man Khan to­day re­tracted his po­lice state­ment in a court, say­ing he had not said that the ac­tor had got down from the driver's seat of his ve­hi­cle and ran away af­ter the ac­ci­dent oc­curred in sub­ur­ban Ban­dra.

"My state­ment recorded by po­lice that I saw Sal­man com­ing out from the driver's seat and run­ning away from the spot is in­cor­rect," the wit­ness, Sachin Kadam, a se­cu­rity guard of Neel­Sagar Ho­tel, told Judge DW Desh­pande.

Ear­lier, the wit­ness had told po­lice in a state- ment that he had seen the ac­tor get­ting down from the driver's seat of his car and go­ing away from the scene of the mishap.

Kadam said he had only told the po­lice that a big car came and rammed into the shut­ter of a shop.

Kadam was to­day con­fronted with his po­lice state­ment but he went back on his own words say­ing he had not told the po­lice about this.

How­ever, the wit­ness was un­able to say why the po­lice had recorded a "false ver­sion" in his state­ment.

Pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Ja­gan­nath Ken­jralkar told the court that Kadam should be de­clared as a hos­tile wit­ness as he had not sup­ported the prose- cu­tion. How­ever, the court has yet to pass or­der on this plea.

Dur­ing cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, the wit­ness told Sal­man's lawyer Srikant Shivade that he had not seen the ac­ci­dent as he was on duty on that day at the gate of the restau­rant.

"I heard a loud noise and only then I went there to see that a car had rammed into a shop," he said.

Neel­Sagar Ho­tel, where he works, is just op­po­site to the bak­ery and laun­dry where Sal­man's car had met with an ac­ci­dent on Septem­ber 28, 2002, in which one per­son was killed and four oth­ers in­jured.—

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