Salman Khan has been identified by two of the prosecution witnesses in the 2002 hit and run case as he deposed before the court on Tuesday after his exemption expired on Monday.
The witnesses injured in the incident are Mohammed K Shaikh, Mohammed M Shaikh and Mamu Khan. Samba Gowda, who was the first witness to depose in the court earlier last week, had said he had drawn a panchnama of the articles seized by police on the day of the incident on September 28, 2002.
The witness had told prosecutor Jagannath Kenjalkar that it was a big car involved in the accident and said police had reached the spot along with him. He had said the car had rammed into a laundry and its bumper had hit the shutter of the shop.
Salman Khan is accused of culpabale homicide not amounting to murder after he drove his SUV on to a pavement in Bandra, killing one person and leaving four injured.
On December 5 last year, the court had ordered a fresh trial on the ground that the witnesses had not been examined in the context of aggravated charge of culpable homicide, which was invoked against the actor midway through the case.
The charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder attracts a 10-year sentence. The actor had earlier been tried by a magistrate for a lesser offence of causing death by negligence, which entailed an imprisonment of two years.
The case, dragging on for over a decade, had taken a twist earlier this year when the magistrate, after examining 17 witnesses, held that the charge of culpable homicide was made out against Salman and referred the matter to a sessions court, as cases under this offence are tried by a higher court.
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