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

The Salman Khan hit and run case became a bit more sensational yesterday when one of the witnesses turned hostile. A hearing on the case was held last Tuesday at the Mumbai sessions court. Salman himself was present on the courtroom during the hearing. Since the fresh trials begun in the case following a court order last year, 12 witnesses have been examined so far. This is the first time a witnessed has backtracked on his statement. The second eye-witness who also deposed in front of the court however identified Salman as being present on the scene.

After this new development, Public prosecutor J V Kenjalkar made a statement saying, "After the witness did not support the prosecution's case, I informed the court that the prosecution has declared him as hostile."   The hearing lasted for about one and a half hour. Police also informed the court that four witnesses who were given summons could not be found and hence they are absent in court. The Judge, D W Deshpande then adjourned the case’s proceedings to Wednesday. On Wednesday, another witness is expected to be examined by the prosecution. 

The first witness called to depose was Sachin Kadam,a security guard at the Neelsagar Restaurant which is located opposite to the spot in Hill Road, Bandra West where the accident took place in 2002. Kadam said, "It is incorrect to say that I am trying to save Salman Khan."  During the hearing he told the court, "I did not say that I saw Salman Khan getting down from the driver's side of the car. I did not tell the police that people were saying that he had caused the accident."  He also denied having said to the police that he saw Salman Khan escaping from the accident spot. Sachin Kadam said, "In my statement to the police, I said that one car came and crashed into the bakery's shutter."

The next witness was Mohammed Shaikh, a worker of the bakery who was injured in the accident. He told the court during deposition that he and another man, Nurullah Sharif, were stuck under the vehicle. Sharif later died from his injuries.  Shaikh said that he saw Salman at the accident scene but could not remember if the actor was helping in the rescue of the victims. He told the court that his statement was recorded by the police in the hospital and he heard taxi drivers and bakery workers at the scene saying that Salman was behind the accident.