Prosecutors in the 2002 Salman Khan collision case have reiterated their stand that the Bollywood actor, and not his driver Ashok Singh, was driving the vehicle when it ran over people sleeping on a pavement, killing one man.
In written submissions in the final arguments public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat said Khan was behind the wheel of the vehicle and not his driver as had claimed.
He also termed Singh “a dummy witness” who had lied under oath, in the written submissions of the final arguments which the prosecution conlcluded last week before Additional Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande.
On Friday, defence counsel Shrikant Shivade began his the final arguments which were to resume on Wednesday.
Khan, who the prosecution has contended was drink driving and crashed the vehicle in the early hours of September 28, 2002, into the American Express Bakery in Bandra west, killing one and injuring four others.
Gharat said witnesses had testified before the court that they had seen Khan getting out of the driver’s seat, but that no one had seen Singh behind the wheel.
Rejecting the defence’s position, Gharat said there were only three people inside the vehicle — Khan, his friend Kamaal Khan and police bodyguard, the late Ravindra Patil.
“Ashok Singh is a liar. I pray that action may be taken against him for perjury. He is a stooge and dummy witness,” Gharat said in the 30-page written arguments submitted to the court.