Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in jail. The punishment comes after he was found guilty of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run crash after a night out drinking, reports Indian Express.
He was accused of running over five persons sleeping on a pavement outside a bakery in Bandra in which one man named Nurullah was killed and four other were injured.
A session court judge DW Deshpande in Mumbai pronounced the verdict:
He was guilty of all charges against him, including culpable homicide not amounting to murder. It was not probable that Salman was not driving the car. Also, he was under the influence of alcohol and he did not have his driving licence with him.
After hearing the court verdict, Salman broke down in the court. He will be taken to the Mumbai Central Prison.
However, his lawyer pleaded for a lesser punishment citing his humanitarian work done through his ‘Being Human’ trust. In his defense, the actor said he was not at the wheel at the time of the accident, instead his driver Ashok Singh was behind the wheel.
Salman Khan’s Toyota Land Cruiser after it crashed into a bakery in Bandra in 2002 hindustan times
A day before the verdict, Bollywood celebrities were spotted at his residence to show their support to Khan. Among them were Sajid Nadiadwala, David Dhawan and Shah Rukh Khan.
The 49-year-old actor has starred in more than 100 films and television shows and has an estimated Rs 300 crore riding on his films. His friends and family were praying for the superstar before the verdict was announced.
Within moments of his sentencing, #SalmanVerdict started trending on Twitter: