Hit-and-run case: Salman’s driver tells court he was driving

Here’s come a new twist in Salman Khan’s hit-and-run case. Salman Khan’s driver Ashok Singh gave his statement to the court. He confessed that he was driving the car on that unfortunate night and not 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 Singh said that the tyre of the car got burst and lost control. Describing how the accident took place, Singh said: "A tyre burst and the car was dragged to the left....I tried to turn the steering wheel but it was hard, then I tried to apply brakes but by then the car had climbed the stairs of bakery.

"I was in a state of shock and Salman was sitting on the left side. He tried to open the door but it got jammed. He got down from my side which was on the right," said Singh, replying to questions asked by Salman's lawyer Shrikant Shivade.

Few days back, Salman Khan recorded his statement and said to the court that he was not on the driving wheels and was also not drunk on that ill-fated night.

Ashok Singh further said that the actor’s another driver Altaf had called him on phone at 1.30 am that day, asking him to pick up the actor at the J W Marriot hotel as the actor was unwell.

Singh said he reached the hotel in auto-rickshaw and saw Salman was sitting on the driver's side with engine running and air-conditioning on. He got into the driver's seat, Khan moved on his left. Kamal Khan and constable Ravindra Patil, the actor's police bodyguard, sat behind. Altaf had left for the day.

Ashok Singh also said that he was not paid by the actor to make the confessional statement before the court. Singh still works for the Khans. When asked why he kept quiet all these years, Singh said he did not know what to do and he came to the court now on Salim Khan’s advice.

In the wee hours of September 28, 2002, Salman's white Toyota Land Cruiser rammed into the American Express Bakery in suburban Bandra, killed one and injuring four others.