Actor Salman Khan’s Driver Tells Court ‘I was at the Steering Wheel’
Mumbai: On Monday, Bollywood Superstar Salman Khan’s driver Ashok Singh appeared in court for the first time and said that he (not the actor Salman Khan) was driving the SUV that crushed people sleeping on a pavement in Mumbai in 2002.
A lawyer of Salman Khan said here on Monday revealed, in a dramatic twist in the ongoing retrial of Bollywood actor Salman’s driver confesses to hit-and-run accidents hit-and-run case, his driver Ashok Singh has confessed to being responsible for the accident.
public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat told mediapersons at court,”The driver Ashok Singh has been put up by the defence. He has told the court that he was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident,”.
One person was killed and four people were injured in the accident in which the 49-year-old actor faces culpable homicide charges.
The 13-year-old case took a sensational turn as the driver, Ashok Singh, told the court that he was responsible for the accident and that he “felt bad that Salman had to go through all the trouble.”
Denying that he had taken money to confess in court, he said, “I was driving when the tyre burst and the brake jammed. The car went over the steps. I saw that people were trapped beneath. I got out of the right side and Salman too got out of the right side as the left door was jammed.”
He added that he, along with Salman Khan, tried to lift the car, a Toyota Land Cruiser, but could not.
Driver Ashok Singh said, “I then dialed 100 and went to the police station and narrated the accident. They told me the police had left for the spot. I was asked to wait. I told Salman I was suspecting foul play,”.
On Friday, Salman Khan had denied his bodyguard Ravindra Patil’s statement that he was drunk that night and despite warnings drove his vehicle at a high speed.
Mr Khan did not deny that he was at a bar with brother Sohail before the accident but said he only drank water and never ordered any cocktails, as indicated by bills. The bills made out for drinks and food, he said, were not his.
The actor also disputed accounts that he ran away after the accident.
Actor Salman Khan told the court, “I instructed the driver to inform the police. I remained at the spot for 15 minutes or more,” .
One of the most bankable stars in the Hindi film industry, Mr Khan could face up to 10 years in jail if convicted.