Businessman and film producer Lokesh Reddy is reported to have tried his best to come to the rescue of his son, Rajesh L. Reddy, allegedly driving the Audi Q7 that hit an autorickshaw on M.G. Road here on Sunday, killing a passenger and injuring another passenger and the driver.

After the father and son were brought to the Ashok Nagar police station for questioning, the father tried to hoodwink the police by producing a chauffeur who confessed to driving the car, a senior police officer investigating the case, told The Hindu. But detailed interrogation revealed that the driver was not present at the scene of crime, the official said and added that the driver’s cellphone records proved that he was away from the spot.

“Lokesh Reddy has seven high-end cars and four chauffeurs. In fact, there was a chauffeur in the Audi at the time of the accident. But Mr. Reddy had got another chauffeur in a hurry to make him confess, which sent his plans awry,” the officer said.

While Rajesh has been arrested, his friends and the driver, who were along with him in the car, were let off.

Mr. Lokesh Reddy has promised all possible help to the families of the victims. “I will support and help them,” he told The Hindu.

Deepak (26), who was killed in the accident, was the sole breadwinner of his family ever since his father died two years ago. Deepak, who is survived by his mother and his 13-year-old brother, supported them by doing odd-jobs and got a job in a pub just 10 months ago.

When the police informed his mother, Amuda, and brother, Sudeepak, of Deepak’s death, it was a shock to them: they had not realised he hadn’t come back from work as they were asleep.

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