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Salman Khan’s conviction for a 2002 hit-and-run case has been overturned by Mumbai’s high court.

In May, a lower court convicted the Bollywood star of culpable homicide and sentenced him to five years in jail for driving over and killing a man sleeping on a pavement.

However, the appeals judge ruled there was not enough evidence.

Salman Khan is one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, appearing in more than 80 Hindi movies, and has a huge fan following.

It was only when the judge insisted that Salman Khan must be present before the verdict was read out, that the actor hurried to the court in south Mumbai on December 10.

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“The appeal is allowed and the decision of the trial court is quashed and set aside. Salman Khan is acquitted of all charges,” AFP quoted the Bombay high court judge Anil Ramchandra Joshi as saying.

The prosecution “failed to establish [the charges] beyond reasonable doubt”, the judge added.

Salman Khan, surrounded by his family members, broke down after hearing the verdict, the Press Trust of India reported.

Today’s verdict is the latest twist in a case that began 13 years ago when Salman Khan’s Toyota Land Cruiser car veered off the road, killing one man and seriously injuring four others.

During his trial in the lower court, Salman Khan had argued that his driver had been behind the wheel, but the judge said it was the actor who had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

Now the high court has said that key evidence – including testimony from a policeman who has since died – was not reliable.

The prosecution is likely to challenge the verdict, reports say.


Bollywood star Salman Khan has been convicted of culpable homicide in a 2002 Mumbai hit-and-run case.

Salman Khan, 49, has been sentenced to five years in jail for killing a homeless man.

The man was among five people who were run over in the incident.Salman Khan conviction

One of the victims of the hit-and-run incident has said getting compensation is more important to him than Salman Khan’s conviction.

However, Abdullah Rauf Shaikh told Outlook magazine: “I have no hard feelings for him [Salman Khan]. I still watch his movies.”

Abdullah Rauf Shaikh, who lost a leg in the accident, also told the publication: “Nobody came to visit me in the last 13 years. I am forced to do petty jobs to support my family and face a lot of problems.”

“Compensation matters more than conviction, my health and work suffered,” he said.

Abdullah Rauf Shaikh was only 22-year-old when he lost his leg in the 2002 incident.


On May 6, 2015, the Bombay high court sentenced Bollywood star Salman Khan to five years in jail for killing a homeless man in a 2002 Mumbai hit-and-run case.

September 28, 2002: Salman Khan’s car runs over five people sleeping on a Mumbai street, killing a homeless man and injuring four others

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October 2002: Salman Khan charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder – arrested but granted bail

May 2003: Court rejects Salman Khan’s plea to drop culpable homicide charge

June 2003: Bombay high court drops culpable homicide charge; Salman Khan is then tried for rash and negligent driving

October 2007: Prime witness, a constable who served in his security detail, dies of tuberculosis

March 2015: Salman Khan tells the court he was not drunk and his driver was behind the wheel

May 2015: Salman Khan found guilty, sentenced to five years in jail