Salman Khan case: Hotel valet says saw actor get into driver's seat

Written by Express news service | Mumbai | Updated: Oct 10 2014, 14:19pm hrs
A parking attendant at J W Marriott Hotel told a sessions court on Thursday that he had seen actor Salman Khan get into the drivers seat of his Land Cruiser on the night of the hit-and-run incident in 2002. The attendant is the first witness in the trial to claim to have seen Khan in the drivers seat.

On the night of September 28, 2002, Khan is alleged to have rammed his vehicle into a bakery in Bandra, killing one and injuring four. He was held and charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The witness for the prosecution was working as a valet parking assistant with the J W Marriot Hotel in Juhu on the night of the incident. That night, Khan allegedly visited Rain Bar in Bandra before going to Enigma, a club in the Marriott. He allegedly consumed alcohol at both places.

After I gave Khan the keys to his vehicle, he got into the drivers seat and gave me Rs 500 as a tip, the parking assistant told the sessions court on Thursday. The witness also told the court that he had seen singer Kamaal Khan, Salmans cousin, accompanying the actor, that evening. I had seen Kamaal Khan sitting in the back seat, right behind Salman, the witness deposed. During cross examination, however, the witness contradicted his statement regarding Kamaal Khan. While he maintained that Kamaal Khan was sitting in the back seat of the car, he said he was seated on the left side.

Meanwhile, an employee of A1 bakery, which is located at the accident site, was also examined by the court.