Thursday, May 07, 2015

Bollywood star Salman Khan jailed for five years over homeless killing...

Salman Khan, one of Bollywood's most popular action heroes, has been sentenced to five years in jail after he was convicted of killing a homeless street sleeper while drunk driving.

Fellow Bollywood stars lined up to pay tribute to the controversial actor and voiced their sympathies for him rather than the victim's family.

One man died and three others were injured in September 2002 when Mr Khan's SUV car mounted the kerb and ran over a group of homeless people as they slept on the pavement in front of a Mumbai bakery.

According to witness reports, including his own bodyguard, the star had been drinking cocktails and was very drunk when he lost control of the car and careered into the street-sleepers on the pavement.

He fled the scene and later claimed he was neither drunk nor at the wheel of his car. His driver claimed he had been driving and had crashed after one of the car's tyres burst.

 But in court on Wednesdau, the judge rejected his claim found the actor guilty of rash and negligent driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, and culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Full story...

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