An appeal court has acquitted Bollywood star Salman Khan in a drunken-driving, hit-and-run case from more than a decade ago.
The Bombay High Court on Thursday threw out an earlier conviction and five-year sentence given the 49-year-old actor.
On 28 September, 2002, the actor's car allegedly rammed into a shop in suburban Bandra. In the mishap, one person was killed and four others injured.
Justice AR Joshi, who heard Khan's appeal against the five-year sentence awarded to him by a session’s court, dictated the detailed judgment for three days starting from 7 December, and pronounced its verdict on Thursday.
"The appeal is allowed and the decision of the trial court is quashed and set aside. Salman Khan is acquitted of all charges," Justice Joshi said.
On hearing the verdict, Salman Khan became emotional and broke down in court.
The court has set aside his sentence of imprisonment for five years.
The sessions court had convicted Salman Khan under section 304 (ii) and section 338 of the Indian Penal Code, for charges relating to culpable homicide not amounting to murder and causing grievous hurt.