Hit-and-run case: Salman did not smell of alcohol, witness tells court

Alok Pandey, brother of Bollywood actor Chunky Pandey, told a Mumbai court that Salman Khan did not smell of alcohol when he hugged him few hours after the accident.

Updated - November 16, 2021 10:11 pm IST

Published - November 05, 2014 08:33 pm IST - MUMBAI

One more witness in the hit-and-run case against actor Salman Khan told a Mumbai sessions court on Wednesday that the actor didn’t smell of alcohol when he met him a few hours after the accident, adding to the slew of contradictory statements on whether or not the actor was drunk at the time.

Alok Pandey , brother of Bollywood actor Chunky Pandey, told the court that Mr. Khan did not smell of alcohol when he hugged him few hours after the accident.

“I met him around 9 a.m. and hugged him but did not smell of alcohol,” he told the court. The accident reportedly took place around 3 a.m. on September 28, 2002.

Mr. Pandey also told the court that he helped the actor buy the Land Cruiser for Rs. 14 lakh from one Abdul Rehman through a customs clearing agent.

“At the time of the accident, the car was still in the name of the former owner Mr. Rehman. Mr. Salman had issued two cheques of Rs. 12 lakh and Rs. 2 lakh in the name of Mr. Rehman and we were still in the process of getting the ownership transferred,” he told the court of sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande.

The other witness who depose before the court was Salim Patel, a customs clearing agent. He told the court that he handled the job of getting the customs clearance for the said car. The statements of both the witnesses are important to ascertain that the car alleged to have been involved in the accident belonged to the actor.

The actor who was not present in the court citing preparations for his sister upcoming wedding has been asked to be present on November 24 and 25 when the witnesses will be examined.

In September 2002, one person was killed and four injured after the actor’s SUV allegedly jumped over a footpath where the victims were sleeping. Mr. Khan was earlier booked for rash and negligent driving. But later, the court observed that he could be charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

He then moved an application for fresh examination of witnesses on the grounds that the witnesses were previously examined for lesser charges against him. His application was granted by the court and a retrial was ordered.

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