Salman Khan, one of Bollywood’s most bankable stars, was sentenced to five years in prison for a fatal 2002 hit-and-run accident.

Salman Khan Sentenced

Khan, 49, was found guilty of culpable homicide (manslaughter), negligent driving and causing grievous harm. Though the actor was given separate sentences for his convictions, they will run concurrently, according to the BBC.

“You were driving the car; you were under the influence of alcohol,” Judge DW Deshpande said at the start of the proceedings, leaving no doubt as they moved forward of Khan’s guilty verdict.


Khan was granted bail for two days and is seeking to have his bail extended before reporting to jail for his five-year sentence.

In September of 2002, Khan’s Toyota Land Cruiser went up on a footpath in Mumbai and into a bakery, running over five homeless men who had been asleep on the path. At the time, Khan was allegedly intoxicated and was behind the wheel. Over the years, Khan has both denied driving the car and being drunk at the time of the crash, according to The New York Times. 

Khan is a leading actor in Bollywood with more that 80 Hindi-language film credits to his name. Among his most successful films are Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aap Ke Hain Kaun. He currently has four films in the early stages of production.

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