Karpal Singh's driver hoping for speedy trial so he can go back to India

Karpal Singh's driver hoping for speedy trial so he can go back to India
Away from home: Baljit Singh shaking hands with Selvam (right) during his mention at the Kampar Sessions Court.

KAMPAR - C. Selvam, the late Karpal Singh's driver, is longing to meet his family back home in India.

The Indian national said he hoped the court case would be over soon so that he could return to Tamil Naidu as soon as possible.

Selvam, 27, also voiced his gratitude to Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan who posted his RM5,000 (S$1,970) bail and provided him shelter in Penang, besides giving him a handphone for him to call home.

Selvam said currently he was on a special pass which must be re­­newed monthly at the Immi­gration Department in Ipoh.

The process, he said, required him to come to the Kampar court to take his passport, then go to the department to make the renewal that cost RM100, and back to the court to hand over the passport before returning to Penang.

"Datuk Huan told me if my case is prolonged, he would make arrangement for my labourer parents to visit me in Penang.

"I just want this case to be over so that I can go home," he said through an interpreter outside the Kampar magistrate's court here yesterday after his case was up for mention.

On July 9, Selvam claimed trial to a charge of reckless endangerment resulting in the death of Karpal and his aide - Indian national Michael Cornelius - when their vehicle collided with a lorry.

Selvam was said to have committed the offence while driving a vehicle with the registration num­ber KS9898 at KM306.1 of the northbound lane of the North-South Expressway at about 12.40am on April 17.

The offence under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act carries a maximum two-year jail and up to RM20,000 fine, if found guilty.

During the case management yesterday, state chief Deputy Public Prosecutor Masri Mohd Daud said both sides had agreed for nine witnesses to undergo the examination-in-chief, while another 17 witnesses need not go through the process but could tender in their written statements.

Selvams lawyer Baljit Singh said among the witnesses that would be called are Karpal's son Ramkarpal Singh, their Indonesian maid Selfiana Rengga, the lorry driver and his wife.

Magistrate Mohamad Ibrahim Mohamad Ghulam fixed Oct 31 for case management.

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