The actor’s driver Ashok Singh appeared before the court for the first time and owned up the responsibility of the accident. He said he kept silent all these years as he did not know what to do due to lack of knowledge of court procedures.
He denied all the suggestion made by the prosecution and even refused the fast that he was paid a huge sum of money to own up the crime. He also denied lying on oath to the court.
“I felt bad that the accident occurred when I was driving the vehicle and Salman had to face the consequences. Salim Khan told me to go to court and tell the truth.” stated Ashok Singh in his statement, that shocked everyone.
Ashok Singh, who has been working with the Khan family since 1990, also denied he had taken money to state that, “I was driving and we were some distance on Hill Road when the front left tire burst. Our vehicle veered towards the left. I tried turning the steering but it had become hard. I tried applying brakes, but the vehicle had by then climbed the stairs of the laundry and stopped.”
He, however claims that he was at the accident spot for over five minutes, after which he went to the Bandra Police Station to inform about the accident.
The officials at Bandra Police Station told him that a police team had already left for the spot. He also claimed that he waited at the police station till 04:30 pm the next morning, but the police refused to register his statement.
What’s surprising is the fact that till now, Ashok Singh’s name had not even got a casual mention in the case, barring a small mention in the beginning of the investigation that Ashok Singh used to drive Salman’s car in the day. At no point in time had the actor claimed till last week that Ashok was driving the car that fatal night.
Special Public Prosecutor, Pradeep Gharat stated that he did not believe a word that was said in front of the honourable judge.
The court will now hear the matter on Tuesday (March 31, 2015). The defense has been given further opportunity to produce any other witnesses.
Final arguments in the matter are expected to begin thereafter.
Thanks to Ashok Singh, Salman Khan’s driver, the 2002 hit and run case involving Salman Khan took a dramatic twist. The actor’s driver Ashok Singh ...3.5