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In the latest development in the ongoing trial of 2002 hit-and-run case involving Salman Khan, a police officer has stated that the superstar went missing soon after the mishap and was also not found at his house, which is 200 metres away from the accident spot.

"When I reached the spot, I did not find Khan. I then went to his house in nearby Galaxy apartments but even there the accused was not traced," said Rajendra Kadam, one of the investigating officers, according to PTI.

Dressed in blue denim and matching shirt, the actor arrived at the court with his sister, Alvira, on Thursday, 12 March. Khan who sat in the front row, was occasionally seen speaking to his lawyer, Srikant Shivade.

Kadam further stated that he was on night duty on the day of the mishap, and that as soon as he got a phone call about the accident, he rushed to the spot along with a police constable.

"On reaching there, I found people had gathered at the spot and they were pushing around Khan's police bodyguard Ravindra Patil. We pulled out Patil from the crowd and he told us what had happened. Only then, police came to know that Khan had met with an accident," Kadam told the court.

The trial Judge DW Deshpande, has now asked Bandra police station to produce case diaries wherein the investigation officer had made entries on the very first days from the mishap as the defence lawyer wanted to look into the entries to cross examine the police officer.

Khan is charged with smashing his car into a bakery shop in suburban Bandra and killing a person while injuring four others sleeping on the pavement in the wee hours of 28 September 2002.

According to the prosecution, Khan had allegedly consumed liquor while driving the car and left the spot as soon as the the mishap occured. However, he later surrendered himself at the police station.

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