The constable who accompanied actor Salman Khan after his arrest in the 2002 hit-and-run case is not traceable, the Mumbai police claim.
The police said they have not been able to locate the constable whose buckle number was 2985, and has retired since the incident took place.
Last month, the court had asked the prosecution to record the statement of two witnesses, an RTO chief and of the constable, and submit it before court on or before February 10.
“The Bandra police tried to locate the constable, but couldn’t in such a short time. We can no longer wait for his statement, as the trial is about to start on day-to-day basis from Thursday,” said special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat.
The prosecution wanted to examine the constable as he was with the actor when he was arrested and then taken for a medical examination.
The prosecution had claimed this would help establish the procedure followed after the arrest and the actor’s conduct.
However, a police sub-inspector present who was with the actor has been located, and will be examined next week.
“As the constable is not traceable, we will now question the PSI who was examined by the prosecution and cross-examined by Kahn’s advocate in the trial before the magistrate court,” Gharat said.
Meanwhile, the prosecution on Tuesday submitted the statement of the RTO officer, who said that at the time of the accident Khan did not have a driving licence.