Salman Khan Bollywood actor acquitted in 2002 hit and run case

The high court in the Indian city of Mumbai has canceled Salman Khan's 5 years in prison conviction for a 2002 hit-and-run case.

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An Indian court has cancelled 49-year old Bollywood star, Salman Khan's five years sentence for a 2002 hit-and-run case.

The court cleared the actor for killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run crash 13 years ago, acquitting him of all charges after he appealed his conviction.

"The appeal is allowed and the decision of the trial court is quashed and set aside. Salman Khan is acquitted of all charges," judge Anil Ramchandra Joshi said.

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Salman Khan

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According to the Judge,  the lower court which sentenced the actor to five years in prison earlier in May, had "failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt" that Khan was driving under the influence of alcohol when he drove into a group of homeless men in 2002.

He also described Khan's former and late bodyguard, Ravindra Patil, who testified that the actor was behind the wheel and speeding, as "not wholly reliable".

The actor reacted to the verdict, tweeting;

 

Salman who is one of Bollywood's bankable actors have starred in movies like 'Dabangg', 'Ready', 'Bodyguard', 'Ek Tha Tiger' among others.

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