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Waiter identifies Salman Khan, says he served drinks to his group

There seems to be more trouble for actor Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case. The waiter of a Juhu-based five-star hotel testified in court yesterday that the actor had, with his friends, consumed alcohol that night.

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Salman Khan at a previous hearing at the sessions court
Salman Khan at a previous hearing at the sessions court

Molay Baug, who is the fourth witness in the case and worked at Zen Bar in J W Marriott in 2002 when the accident occurred, testified before the sessions court that he had served drinks to the actor and his friends that night.

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He mentioned to Judge D W Deshpande that around 2 am, Khan arrived at the bar with his friends and ordered Bacardi and cocktails. He said he served all the liquor to them. When the judge asked him whether that person is present in the court, Baug replied in the positive, thereby identifying Khan.

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Public prosecutor Jagannath Kenjralkar then examined the waiter to try to prove that Khan was drunk. Defence lawyer Shrikant Shivade then cross-examined him, asking him how he could identify Salman when there were hundreds of people in the bar and the lights were dim. He also contended that just because someone ordered alcohol doesn’t mean they would all drink it.

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'Salman wasn’t there'
Another witness Laxman More, who was then a Mumbai Police constable and a bodyguard for Sohail Khan, stated in court that he was on duty that night. He said at around 3 am, a person came running to him to inform him of the accident.

He added that he then informed Sohail Khan, and that both of them rushed to the spot. According to their statement, they found the car had met with an accident, there was a lot of blood and a person was lying below the car. However, he said the actor wasn’t present on the spot.

When the defence asked him if he had entered this in the police diary – it is sacrosanct to enter the day’s incidents in the diary – More weakened and said he had only made the entry in his personal diary, not the official cops’ records.

Bribery plaint
The Bandra police failed to submit their report on the complaint of eyewitness Muslim Sheikh, who had alleged that his former lawyer had ofered him Rs 5 lakh for turning hostile in the case. Cops told the court the report wasn’t ready. Sheikh is one of the four people injured in the accident that occurred on September 28, 2002.

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