Bollywood star Salman Khan jailed for five years over hit-and-run death

A man died in 2002 after the actor drove onto a Mumbai pavement while under the influence of alcohol

Bollywood star Salman Khan has received a five-year prison sentence after being found guilty of causing a man’s death in a “hit-and-run” driving incident.

Earlier today (May 6) an Indian court convicted Khan of culpable homicide after finding that the 49-year-old actor was driving under the influence of alcohol when his SUV collided with a group of five homeless people sleeping on a Mumbai pavement in 2002. One of those hit, 38-year-old Noor Ullah Khan, was killed in the collision, and another three were seriously injured. The fifth member of the group sustained minor injuries.

Khan had argued that his driver was behind the wheel at the time, BBC News reports, and his driver told the court that he crashed the car after one of its tyres had suffered a puncture. However, the court rejected this version of events and found the actor guilty, with Judge DW Deshpande telling him: “You were driving the car. You were under the influence of alcohol.”

Khan, who according to Bollywood film industry experts has projects worth around 2.5 billion rupees (£26 million) depending on him, is now expected to appeal his conviction.

The son of a screenwriter, Salman Khan made his screen debut in 1989 and has gone on to become one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, racking up appearances in more than 80 Hindi-language films. He has starred in the year’s highest-grossing Bollywood film on nine separate occasions.