The driver had earlier admitted that it was him and not Salman behind the wheel
The Mumbai Sessions Court convicted Salman Khan in the 2002 hit-and-run case today. The actor has been sentenced to a 5-year jail term. However, Salman isn't the only one to be charged guilty. His driver Ashok Singh, who drove the actor to court this morning too has been taken into custody for making a false statement in the court.
On 30th March 2015, Ashok had owned up to the mishap claiming that it was him who was driving Salman's Toyota Land Cruiser on the night of September 28, 2002. In his statement 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." Though the prosecution had argued that the driver had taken money to give a false testimony, Ashok refused to take back his statement.
Clearly, none of his statements are true now. Salman has been found guilty in all the sections he was booked under: Section 3 (1) of the Motor Vehicles Act for driving without licence, Duty of driver in case of accident or injury under Section 134 of Motor Vehicles Act, Drunk driving under Section 187 of the Motor Vehicles Act, Failing to report involvement of vehicle in an accident under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act and lastly, Rash driving or riding on a public way.
The latest we hear is that the Bombay High Court has granted a 2-days interim bail to Salman. The quantum of punishment for the driver is yet to be known. Keep watching this space for latest updates on the case!
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