Khan’s driver, Ashok Singh, today corroborated Khan’s statement and said that Singh had been at the wheel on the fateful night when the hit-and-run happened back in 2002. According to television reports, Singh also added that he was not given any money to depose before the court today. Mumbai, Mar 30 (PTI) Ashok Singh, the family driver of Bollywood star Salman Khan, today told the sessions court here that it was he and not the actor who was driving at the time of the 2002 hit-and-run accident in which one person was killed and four others were injured. Singh, while taking questions from the lawyer of the prosecution, said, “I was driving the SUV when the tire burst and the brake jammed. The car went over the steps. I saw that people were trapped beneath.”
Ashok Singh (42), who today appeared as a defense witness, corroborated Khan’sversion completely.
Describing how the accident took place, Singh said: “A tire burst and the car were dragged to the left. I tried to turn the steering wheel, but it was hard, then I tried to apply the brakes, but by then the car had climbed the stairs of the bakery. During the cross-examination by special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat, Singh denied that he was given a false statement because he had been paid a huge amount of money.
“I have not seen any complaint or any record about Ashok Singh (being the driver) and no other witnesses have spoken about him,” he added. This is a fresh trial being held in a sessions court after a Magistrate added the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder which lays down the punishment up to ten years.