Salman Khan in an 83-page affidavit told Supreme Court that the police were trying to falsely implicate him in the 2002 hit-and-run case. He filed an affidavit after Maharashtra government challenged the Bombay High Court’s verdict, which acquitted Salman of all charges in the case.
Salman claimed that he was not driving the car on the night of Sep. 28, 2002, and that his driver Ashok Singh was on the wheels. He further stated that the prosecution has not produced any witness or evidence, until now, proving that he was driving the car on the night when the accident took place, which killed one.
The “Sultan” actor said that after the accident, Ashok went to the police station to record his statement, but police refused to record the same saying they were under pressure to arrest Salman, NDTV reported.
Salman also mentioned in the affidavit that he was keeping away from alcoholic beverages at the time, as he was preparing for the film “Garv.” Salman told the apex court that when they were driving towards his residence in Bandra from JW Marriott, Juhu, there was some construction work going on near the junction.
“When the vehicle approached the junction of St. Andrew’s Road and Hill Road, the left front tyre of the said vehicle burst, due to which the said vehicle swerved sharply to the left,” Salman said, according to IANS.
“Ashok Singh tried to apply the brakes and tried to control the vehicle but by then (it) climbed the stairs and came onto the platform outside the American Express Laundry, hit the shutter and stopped,” he added.
On Dec.10, 2015, the Bombay High Court acquitted Salman of all charges in the hit-and-run case. Justice A.R. Joshi said that the prosecution has failed to provide evidence against Salman on all counts. The accident took place on the night of Sep. 28, 2002, when Salman’s Toyota Land Cruiser rammed into the pavement of the American Express bakery in Bandra. The accident killed one and injured four others.