Bollywood star Salman Khan jailed 5 years in fatal hit-and-run

May 07, 2015 10:06
Salman Khan leaves court on bail after being sentenced to five years in prison in a fatal hit-and-run accident. Photo: Reuters

An Indian court has sentenced Bollywood star Salman Khan to five years in jail for killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run accident in Mumbai, BBC News reported.

The victim was among five people who were run over.

The actor was found guilty Wednesday of culpable homicide.

He was also found guilty of negligent driving and causing grievous harm to the victims and given separate terms for each offence, but defence lawyers said all the sentences would run concurrently.

Khan had said his driver was behind the wheel, but the judge found the actor was driving the car and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Legal experts expect Khan to appeal against the verdict.

Khan, 49, is one of Bollywood's biggest stars, appearing in more than 80 Hindi-language films.

Late on the night of Sept. 28, 2002, Khan's Toyota Land Cruiser hit the American Express bakery in the Bandra area of Mumbai, authorities said.

The vehicle ran over five people sleeping on the street, killing Noor Ullah Khan, 38, and seriously injuring three others. Another person received minor injuries.


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