[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Bollywood star faces homicide trial

Indian actor Salman Khan might be sent to prison for hit-and-run incident which killed a homeless man in Mumbai in 2002.
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2013 10:53
Bollywood actor Salman Khan (left) has had several run-ins with the law but has remained free [AFP]

Bollywood star Salman Khan could face up to 10 years in jail after an Indian court decided it will try him for homicide following a fatal road accident more than a decade ago.

Khan initially faced negligence charges, which carries a lighter sentence of two years, but government prosecutors successfully asked the court to upgrade the case to homicide.

One man was killed and another three were injured when the actor allegedly rammed his car into a group of homeless people sleeping on a sidewalk in Mumbai in September 2002.

A police bodyguard who was with Khan said the actor was the driver of the Land Cruiser, when the accident happened.

Khan's lawyer Deepesh Mehta, however, told The Times of India that they will challenge the decision in the high court, saying there is no change in circumstances and "the evidence is still not complete".

Khan had starred in several blockbuster Bollywood films and is a popular product endorser.

But he has also faced several controversies for his run-ins with the law. In 1998, he was found guilty for poaching a rare buck in a desert wildlife preserve. He managed to remain free even as the conviction carried five years jail time.

Khan also faced several separate charges of illegal possession of weapons stemming from the incident, when he and several other people allegedly drove into the Thar desert to shoot deer while on a break from filming.

Khan's homicide trial is set to begin on March 11. Indian courts are notorious for delays and a trial can take years to complete.

259

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Lawsuit by 6-year-old girl, locked up for a year, reignites debate over indefinite detention of 'boat people'.
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Citizens of the tiny African nation say they're increasingly anxious of the fallout after alleged coup.
A humanitarian crisis and a budget crisis converge in the heart of the human smuggling corridor in Texas.
Assam officials upset that WWII-era Stillwell Road won't be used in transnational highway linking four Asian nations.
join our mailing list