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Bollywood thesp arraigned

Salman in court over drunk-driving death

An Indian court on Friday ordered Bollywood thesp Salman Khan to stand trial on a charge of culpable homicide.

Charge comes after an incident in September when a homeless man was run over and killed while sleeping on a Bombay sidewalk.

The charge carries a jail term of up to 10 years.

Khan, 37, was arrested in September last year after the incident, in which four other homeless people were hurt by Khan while allegedly driving his Toyota Land Cruiser drunk in the Bandra suburb of Bombay.

Judge A.J. Dholakia upheld the prosecution’s charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and nine other charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol, causing grievous injuries to victims and driving without a valid license.

The actor, who is currently out on bail, pleaded innocent in the courtroom, which was full of fans, policemen and lawyers.

The star began his career in the late 1980s trademark roles as an action and romantic hero.

He has starred in more than 40 movies.

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