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Court ruling on Indian actor Khan
Salman Khan
Khan allegedly crashed his car into a bakery, killing a homeless man
India's Supreme Court has rejected a petition seeking to try Bollywood star Salman Khan for culpable homicide in a hit-and-run case.

Khan's case will continue in a local court in Bombay (Mumbai) for the lesser charge of death caused by negligence.

But the court ruled the more serious charge could still be framed if the trial evidence warranted it.

The petition was filed by the state government of Maharashtra - one person died in last year's accident.

The Maharashtra government took the petition to the Supreme Court after a Bombay court decided last September that homicide charges against Khan should be dropped.

Top star

The 37-year-old actor has already pleaded not guilty to the charges.

They include driving under the influence of alcohol, causing grievous injuries to victims and driving without a valid licence.

Khan was arrested in September 2002 after a homeless man died and three other people were injured in the accident.

Khan allegedly crashed his car into a bakery.

The actor, who is on bail, began his career in the late 1980s and has starred in more than 40 films, making him one of India's top film stars.

His films Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun are two of the biggest hits of Indian cinema.

He is the eldest of the three sons of well-known screenplay writer Salim Khan.

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