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Salman's bodyguard backs prosecution

Ravindra Patil told the trial court that the actor drove rashly on Sept 28, 2002, killing one and injuring four when his car rammed into a bakery.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 17:38 IST

The prosecution's case in the hit-and-run case involving Bollywood star Salman Khan has received a boost with an eye witness telling the trial court that the actor drove rashly on September 28, 2002, killing one and injuring four when his car rammed into a bakery.

The witness, Ravindra Patil, who was accompanying Salman as police bodyguard in the same car which met with the mishap, told the suburban Bandra magistrate that he had warned the actor not to drive rashly or else he would meet with an accident but he did not pay heed to his advice.

The examination of the witness has concluded in the trial court and Salman's lawyer Dipesh Mehta is all set to cross examine him on January 19.

"We shall grill Patil on January 19 and seek to demolish his claim about cautioning Salman", Mehta said.

The trial in the case began early this month after the Supreme Court dismissed Salman's plea seeking in-camera proceedings during the examination of key eyewitness Ravindra Patil.

The actor moved the Supreme Court as High Court had earlier dismissed his plea for in-camera trial. Earlier, Patil did not appear before the trial court as witness and non-bailable warrant was issued against him. Later, Patil alleged in a section of media that he had received threats from certain quarters at the behest of the actor.

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 17:38 IST