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Bollywood star Salman Khan acquitted in fatal hit-and-run case

Bollywood star Salman Khan has been acquitted by an appeals court in a drink-driving, hit-and-run case involving the death of a homeless man.

The Mumbai High Court today threw out an earlier conviction and five-year sentence given to the 49-year-old actor.

The Press Trust of India news agency quoted the judges as saying that prosecutors had failed to prove charges.

They had accused Khan of driving while intoxicated in 2002 and running over five men sleeping on a pavement, killing one of them.

"The trial court's verdict is quashed and set aside," Justice A.R. Joshi said in reading the verdict to a crowded courtroom. "Salman is acquitted of all charges."

Khan reportedly broke down in tears once the verdict was read.

He was accompanied in court on Thursday by a bodyguard and family members.


From Belfast Telegraph