The actor had claimed that his driver had been behind the wheel at the time of the accident, which occurred in 2002

By Tara Fowler
Updated May 06, 2015 09:10 AM
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Bollywood actor Salman Khan was sentenced to five years in jail on Wednesday for a hit-and-run that occurred over a decade ago.

Khan, 49, was found guilty of culpable homicide for killing a homeless man in the 2002 hit-and-run in Mumbai. The actor had claimed that his driver had been behind the wheel at the time of the accident, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Indeed, his chauffeur, Ashok Singh, told the court that he was behind the wheel “as the tire burst and brake jammed,” causing the car to drive up on the sidewalk, running over five sleeping people and killing one. But the judge ruled that the actor was driving at the time and that he was under the influence of alcohol, the BBC reports.

Khan had pleaded not guilty to all charges, which also included rash and negligent driving, causing hurt by endangering life and drunk driving.

His lawyer will appeal the conviction. “Salman was neither drunk nor was he behind the wheel at the time of the accident,” he told The Wall Street Journal Wednesday. “He had been drinking water all evening.”

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