Bollywood superster Salman Khan was on Wednesday found guilty by Indian court for running over 5 homeless men while driving drunk … and has been sentenced to five years in jail.
The judgement is connected to a September 2002 incident in Mumbai, where an alleged drunk Khan ran over the five men as they slept in a footpath near a bakery, resulting in the death of one of them and the rest sustaining injuries.
Khan had claimed that it was his driver who ran over the men and that he was not drunk. But the court did not agree with him. He was found guilty for culpable homicide and 7 other charges and was sentenced to five years in jail instead of the maximum 10 years he was facing.
The verdict has of course shaken the Indian entertainment world, as the 49-year old Khan is the country’s top actor who has dominated the showbiz scene for over 20 years. Many people have come out in support of the actor, including some high-profile names in the Bollywood industry, who even went as far as blaming the homeless men for sleeping on the pavement.
Khan’s lawyers secured bail for him after the sentence, saying that he had a heart ailment. On Friday, the court suspended the judgement pending an appeal, which he has already sworn he will file.