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Served cocktails, white rum to Salman and friends: Hit-and-run witness

May 19, 2014 16:45 IST

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A waiter, who is a witness in the 2002 hit-and-run case, said that he had served alcohol to the actor and his friends on the same night that the star allegedly ran over a group of people sleeping on the pavement in Mumbai’s suburban Bandra, killing one and injuring four.

A bar waiter on Monday identified actor Salman Khan in a court saying he had come along with his friends in a group to have drinks in a five-star hotel on the same night, hours before Khan ran over his car over people sleeping on a footpath in suburban Bandra, 12 years ago.

The actor attired in a grey shirt and blue denims, was in the dock and his sisters Alvira and Arpita were also present when the witness presented their statements.

The waiter, Molay Baug, told Judge D W Deshpande he had served cocktails and Bacardi (white rum) to the group who had come along with Salman to ‘Zen Bar’ in J W Marriot hotel, but could not remember whether the actor had consumed drinks. 

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Image: Salman Khan arriving at the session's court for his hearing in the hit-and-run case
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Public prosecutor Jagannath Kenjralkar examined the witness to show the court that the actor had consumed drinks before meeting with an accident on the ill-fated day.

“The lights were dim and it was dark and hence I could not see who had consumed liquor... All I remember is that I had served drinks to this group which had come with Salman,” the waiter told defence lawyer Srikant Shivade during cross-examination.

To another question, the witness said it would be difficult for him to say whether everyone in the group had consumed alcoholic drinks.

Another witness, Laxman More, a police constable, said he was in the team which was on duty to give protection to Salman’s brother Sohail Khan. On the day of the mishap, he was posted at Salman’s residential building along with others.

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Image: Salman Khan waves to his fans and supporters.


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According to the cop, Sohail and Salman had gone to Rain Bar that night. The cop said that while Sohail returned after midnight, Salman had still not come home. "At 3 am, a man came running to us and informed that Salman had met with an accident nearby. I rushed to the spot with this man in his car but did not find Salman at the accident spot. We waited there for two to three minutes,” the constable said.

However, during this period, the crane had not arrived to lift the car from the steps of the shop which had been hit in the impact. “Also, I do not know the person who told us about the accident, the witness added during his cross-examination.

One person was killed and four others were injured when Salman had rammed his car into a bakery shop on September 28, 2002.

Altogether six witnesses have so far deposed in the re-trial, which would continue on Tuesday. 


Image: Salman Khan being escorted by the cops after the incident in 2002.

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