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In the latest development in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving superstar Salman Khan, the sessions court has granted permission for the examination of three additional witnesses. The court has asked Mumbai police to record the statement of a road transport office (RTO) inspector and two police constables.

"The court directed the police to record the statements of a road transport office inspector and two police constables," special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat told Press Trust of India.

The prosecution wants to record the statement of the RTO inspector to find out whether Salman had a valid driver's license when the accident took place.

Sessions judge DW Deshpande also said that police would record the statements of the RTO inspector and two constables and the copies of that should be submitted to the court and Salman's lawyer before 10 February.

On the basis of the statement, the court will decide if the three witnesses should be examined by the prosecution or not.

"Prosecution's application will be decided on merit after going through the statements," said the judge.

Last month, the 20th witness in the hit-and-run case, Dr Suhas Pawar, told court that the actor reeked of alcohol, but was not under the influence of alcohol.

Pawar was the on-duty medical officer at the JJ hospital in 2002 on the day of incident.

The 49-year-old actor has been accused of killing one and injuring four others when his Land Rover crashed into a footpath in 2002. The incident happened near a laundry shop on Bandra's Hill Road area in Mumbai on the night of 28 September, 2002.

Salman, being tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, could spend 10 year in jail if found guilty in the hit-and-run-case.

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