The prosecution today rejected Salman Khan's driver Ashok Singh's statement and accused him of lying under oath.
Pradeep Gharat, Public Prosecutor on the hit and run case stated that defence witness Ashok Singh (driver) had lied under oath and could be tried for perjury. The prosecution stated that the dirver was coached by the defence lawyer to lie.
It was last month that the driver who has been employed by Salman Khan's family for 20 years- confessed to being responsible for the accident. The prosecution has called the timing of the confession suspicious. In the previous hearing, the prosecution told the court that there was no doubt that Salman was driving the car when it ran over a pavement in 2002 killing one and injuring four.
The accused had in the beginning of the trial accepted that the vehicle was owned by him and was in his possession when the mishap occurred. The prosecution has also alleged that Khan did not have driving licence and was under the influence of liquor at the time of the accident. Khan had denied both charges.
The prosecution has rejected Salman Khan's driver Ashok Singh's statement and asked why Singh was silent for last twelve years and hadn't testified earlier. Apparently, the prosecution has alleged that Khan did not have driving licence and was under the influence of liquor at the time of the accident, both of which are claims that the actor has vehemently denied while recording his statement, last week. while making the final arguments in the case, special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat said, "It appears that he is a 'brought up' witness and as such his evidence cannot be accepted."