A bar manager in Juhu identified Salman Khan in a Mumbai court, saying that the actor had come to the restaurant with friends before the case of the accident in 2002, but said he was not sure whether the Bollywood actor had taken drinks.
The case is that the actor had drunk in “Rain Bar” along with his friends and was allegedly under the influence of liquor on September 28, 2002, when his car rammed into a bakery in suburban Bandra killing one person and injuring four others.
Rizwan, who was the bar manager of the relevant time, told the court of Sessions Judge D W Deshpande, “Salman’s group had ordered drinks and snacks but I am not sure whether Salman had consumed drinks himself as the order had been taken by a waiter and not me.”.
Rizwan said during the examination that, as the restaurant was full, Salman and his brother Sohail Khan were standing in front of service counter. After some time they occupied a table and ordered drinks and snacks,
The manager also said that, he saw Salman holding a glass but it was full with a colourless liquid like water.
On asking if it was liquor, Rizwan said he was not sure because the order had been taken down by a waiter.
The manager also added in his statement, while answering a question put by prosecutor Jagannath Kenjralkar that Salman was not smelling of liquor and he was also walking like a normal person.
Rizwan was shown bills of the occupied table by Salman and his group to identified the bills that these belonged to “Rain Bar”.
During cross-questions by Salman’s lawyer Srikant Shivade, Rizwan cleared that he could not see clearly from his cabin who was standing at the counter because of dim lights in the restaurant. He further said it is not possible to say who was consuming drinks and having snacks.