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Salman case: Witness fumbles for words

A former police guard of Salman, was confronted with contradictions in his police complaint and interview appearing in a section of the media.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 21:23 IST

In an interesting turn in the hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan, a prime witness on Monday fumbled for words before the trial court.

Ravindra Patil, former police guard of Salman, was confronted with contradictions in his police complaint and interview appearing in a section of the media, a day after the mishap.

Patil was answering questions put to him during cross-examination by defence lawyer Dipesh Mehta.

Salman is charged with killing one person and injuring four by ramming his car into a bakery in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002.

The witness was confronted with his interview in Mid Day, a day after the incident in which he had said that the actor was normal before getting on to the wheel. The interview also mentioned Patil saying that Salman had told him that the wheel was not turning just before he rammed the car into a bakery after dodging an electric pole.

The witness told the defence lawyer that the contents of the interview were correct.

However, in the police complaint he had not stated so, the court was told.

The cross-examination was inconclusive and will continue on Tuesday.

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 21:23 IST