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Bollywood star Salman Khan gets five years in prison for hit-and-run

An Indian court sentenced Bollywood film star Salman Khan on Wednesday to five years in prison for killing a man in a hit-and-run accident, the latest twist in the tumultuous career of one of the country’s biggest box-office draws.

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The district criminal court’s order drove down shares of firms connected to the actor and, if upheld, will derail major projects in the pipeline of what is the world’s most prolific movie industry. 

Judge D.W. Deshpande of the Mumbai court upheld prosecution charges that Khan, 49, was driving under the influence of alcohol and lost control of his car in the 2002 accident. Four people were injured.

The 49-year-old actor had denied being behind the wheel, in spite of several witnesses testifying against him.

Khan, who has delivered some of Bollywood’s highest-grossing films in recent years, faces up to 10 years in jail but can appeal in a higher court.

Sentencing is expected later in the day.

The Salman Khan case is trending on twitter with people divided on the verdict. 

Many Salman to social media defend him with hashtags like #Istandwithsalmankhan and #salmonkhannotguilty trending.

 

Shame Indian judgement system! we all love you till our death @BeingSalmanKhan #SalmanKhan #SalmanNotGuilty

Heart broken at the verdict against @BeingSalmanKhan.Prayers & strength to him & his wonderful family.

— kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) May 6, 2015Heart breaking!! Stay strong @beingsalmankhan Feeling really sad, May god give you and your family a lot of strength.

— Yo Yo Honey Singh (@asliyoyo) May 6, 2015No Bollywood Moves for me till my Man @BeingSalmanKhan is free.watched his movies&will continue 2watch his movies only #IStandWithSalmanKhan

— sabina lamba (@SabinaLamba) May 6, 2015

But others have defended the verdict

Better late than never #SalmanVerdict Convicted

— Ritu Lalit (@Phoenixr2) May 6, 2015The law has to be same for everyone and that’s what has happened. No matter how high you are, there is law above you. #SalmanVerdict

— Aarti Madan (@AartiMadan) May 6, 2015Bollywood does not just represent our popular culture – in its reaction to #SalmanVerdict, it represents us and our ugliness #SalmanGuilty

— Pawan Khera (@Pawankhera) May 6, 2015

Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Writing by Krishna N. Das; Editing by Nick Macfie)