Hit-and-run case: Salman Khan's driver says he was at the wheel

Mumbai: In a dramatic twist in the ongoing retrial of Bollywood actor Salman Khan's hit-and-run case, his driver Ashok Singh has confessed to being responsible for the accident, a lawyer said here on Monday.

Salman Khan

"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," public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat told mediapersons here.

Ashok told the court during his examination, “I was driving the Land crusier when Khan left from J W Marriott hotel."

On the incident, he informed the court, “The car's front left tyre burst and hence my car was dragged towards the left side. I tried to control the vehicle, but it became very difficult to handle the steering. Also, I tired to apply the brakes but by that time the vehicle had already climbed the stairs of the laundry."

Ashok added that he went to police station immediately after the incident and told police he is responsible for the accident, but the cops did not listen to him.

In his cross-examination by the special public prosecutor, he denied that he was paid to depose in favour of the Bollywood superstar.

The hit-and-run case dates back to September 28, 2002, in which Khan is charged with ramming his white Land Cruiser car into the American Express bakery shop in suburban Bandra, killing one person and injuring four people who were sleeping on the pavement.

(With IANS inputs)

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