Driver in Karpal Singh case grateful for release on bail

Driver in Karpal Singh case grateful for release on bail
Lawyer Ramkarpal Singh Deo (right), with his mother Gurmit Kaur and late father Karpal Singh and their dog Babbar.

KAMPAR - C. Selvam (pic), the late Karpal Singh's driver, says he is grateful for being released on bail after languishing in prison for a month.

"I still think of him (Karpal) every now and then, and I do not think that his family members blame me for the incident," he told reporters outside the magistrate's court here yesterday. Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president Datuk Huan Cheng Guan had posted the RM5,000(S$2,000) bail for the Indian national on Monday citing humanitarian grounds.

Selvam was held at the Taiping Prison since July 9 after being charged with reckless driving which caused the deaths of Karpal, who was the DAP national chairman, and the latter's assistant Michael Cornelius on April 17.

Huan said Selvam would be provided with a handphone for him to keep in touch with his family in Chennai.

"I will also make arrangements for a suitable place for him to stay in, and help him settle issues with his visa which is expiring in a month's time," he said.

Asked why no one from DAP stepped up to help Selvam, Huan said he felt sad but did not want to politicise the issue.

Selvam will appear in court today for mention of his case.

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