Mumbai: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has received another blow in the hit and run case after the police officer who registered the case against the Salman Khan for alleged rash and negligent driving on the fateful night of September 29, 2002 informed the police that after the gruesome accident Salman Khan had gone underground fearing outcome of the offense. However later the next day he had surrendered himself at the police station.
Rajendra Kadam, one of the investigating officers who had filled the FIR informed the court, “I was on night duty on the day of the mishap. I got a telephone call about the accident and rushed to the spot on a motorbike along with a police constable.”
He added, “When I reached, I did not find Salman Khan on the spot. Instead, I found angry crowd abusing and beating Khan’s police bodyguard Ravindra Patil. We pulled out Patil from the crowd and he narrated the ordeal and spoke about the brutal accident. Thus we registered the FIR on the basis of complaint filed by Constable Ravindra Patil who was then Khan’s bodyguard and was sitting next to Salman Khan during the mishap.”
“I then went to Salman Khan’s house in nearby Galaxy apartments but even there the Salman was not traced. Probably Salman was afraid of the crime and went underground,” he claimed.
On being quizzed by prosecutor Pradeep Gharat about the scene of crime, Kadam said, “The accident was really horrifying with five persons entangled and trapped beneath the car. One of them was dead. Of the remaining four, two were severely injured and the rest had sustained minor injuries. All the five had to be removed lifting the car with the help of a crane.”
During his cross-examination by Khan’s lawyer Shivade, Kadam said that he reached the accident spot at 2.50 AM and drew a panchnama between 3.05 AM and 4.20 AM.
Salman Khan, dressed in blue jeans and blue shirt, attended the proceeding. He 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.
The cross-examination would continue tomorrow. A fresh trial is being conducted on a day-to-day basis in a sessions court after the aggravated charge of culpable homicide was invoked which provides for imprisonment up to ten years.