Chunkey Pandey turns hostile

MUMBAI, NOV.1.Film actor Chunkey Pandey, a key witness in Gulshan Kumar murder case, today turned hostile in the trial court following which two other Bollywood stars, Salman Khan and shah Rukh Khan, were discharged by the prosecution.

In response to summons issued by the Sessions judge,Mr.M.L. Tahilyani, Pandey and Salman Khan appeared before him to tender evidence. Pandey turned hostile while Salman was not examined by the prosecution thereafter. Shah Rukh Khan did not appear as he was busy with a professional assignment. Pandey is the first witness in Gulshan Kumar murder case to turn hostile. The prosecution has examined so far 40 witnesses in the trial, which has reached its fag end.

The actor did not admit the conspiracy meeting of prime accused Abu Salem and music composer Nadeem Akhtar Saifee in his presence in Dubai before the murder of Gulshan Kumar. He also denied that he had disclosed this incident to the police in September 1997 and added he could not assign any reason why police had recorded this information in his statement. Special public prosecutor ujjwal Nikam declared Pandey hostile and subsequently cross- examined him.


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