Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was on Wednesday sentenced to five years in jail for a 2002 hit-and-run accident here that left one man dead and four others injured.
As Additional Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande, who earlier found him guilty on all the charges, pronounced the sentence in a packed courtroom here, the 49-year-old Salman was in tears.
His sisters, Alvira and Arpita, tried to console him although they themselves were crying.
One of the highest paid actors in Bollywood, Salman was sentenced for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, driving without valid licence and other charges.
The judge also held Salman guilty of rash and negligent driving when he was behind the wheel of his Land Cruiser that killed the victim on a footpath in suburban Bandra in September 2002.
Special Public Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat said the court has found Salman guilty on all counts.
Celebrity jewellery designer, Farah Khan Ali tweeted : It’s like penalising a train driver because someone decided to cross the tracks and got killed in the bargain. #salmankhancase
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