Bollywood star faces homicide charge over 2002 road accident
Bollywood star Salman Khan poses while wearing a Being Human T-shirt during the launch of Being Human's first flagship store in Mumbai, India on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Published Friday, February 1, 2013 3:35PM EST
MUMBAI, India -- An attorney says Indian movie star Salman Khan will be tried for homicide for his alleged involvement in a fatal road accident more than 10 years ago. If convicted he faces up to 10 years in jail.
Deepesh Mehta, Khan's lawyer, says a magistrate on Thursday accepted an appeal by state government prosecutors that he should be charged with homicide instead of causing death by negligence, which carries a maximum of two years in jail.
One man was killed and another three were injured when Khan allegedly rammed his car into a group of homeless people sleeping on a Bombay sidewalk in September 2002.
Khan's trial begins March 11. Indian courts are notorious for delays and a trial can take years to complete.