Hit-and-run case: Statement given by Salman’s driver during trial

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 10, 2015 15:21 IST
A file photo of Salman Khan as he leaves his home to appear at a Sessions Court in Mumbai. (AFP Photo)

Salman Khan’s driver Ashok Singh, who has been working with the family over the last 22 years, said in his statement that he was driving the car when the accident took place.

Singh was brought in as a defence witness by the lawyers of the actor to corroborate his statement recorded . The driver who appeared in court 13 years after the incident , claimed that he , and not the actor, was driving the car.

The prosecution questioned Singh’s credibility and sought action against him for perjury; the defence called him a man with a clean conscience who came before the court to tell the truth.

Singh in his deposition before the court said, “When I took a right turn to Hill Road, the car’s left front tyre burst and my vehicle dragged towards the left side. I tried to control, but it was difficult to steer. I even tried to apply the brakes, but by that time the vehicle had already climbed the stairs and stopped.”

The prosecution alleged that the defence never mentioned during the trial that the car was driven by Singh and that he was brought in at the end of the trial. While the defence claimed that he had gone to the police station soon after the incident, but the police did not record his statement.

The defence claimed there was no stage in the trial that Singh could have come to court to reveal the truth, and hence he deposed only at the end.

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