Judge clears Bollywood's Salman to attend Dubai event

High Court judge says Salman Khan can travel to Dubai for Indo-Arab Bollywood Awards despite hit-and-run conviction earlier this month
Judge clears Bollywood's Salman to attend Dubai event
Bollywood actor Salman Khan (Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Tue 26 May 2015 01:45 PM

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday gave Bollywood superstar Salman Khan permission to travel to Dubai for a show on May 29.

Judge Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi allowed Salman to go abroad as per the conditions laid down in his bail after a trial court convicted him in the 2002 hit-and-run case earlier this month, Indian media reported.

Salman's lawyer pleaded that the actor had to comply with professional commitments and needed to be out of the country between May 27 and 30, when he is scheduled to attend the Indo-Arab Bollywood Awards in Dubai.

The judge directed Salman to give his complete travel plans, his lodging arrangements in Dubai and his contact details to the police and also give his arrival and departure plans to the Indian embassy in Dubai.

Earlier this month, Khan was convicted by a criminal court in Mumbai of culpable homicide on charges he lost control of his car when driving under the influence of alcohol in 2002 and rammed into a group of people sleeping on a pavement.

He had always claimed he was not at the wheel at the time of the accident.

The Arab Indo Bollywood Awards (AIBA), set to take place on May 29 at Dubai’s Meydan racecourse, is being organised by Benchmark in association with Al Bustan Group and is expected to be attended by 150 Bollywood stars.

Twenty awards are being made, chosen by a jury comprising of Tigmanshu Dhulia, Goldie Behal, Javed Jaffery, Arbaaz Khan, Sreedhar Raghavan, Komal Nahata and Shyam Shroff.

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