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Bollywood star Salman Khan no stranger to controversy

Bollywood star Salman Khan, jailed on Thursday for five years for poaching, was granted bail by an Indian court on Saturday in a case being followed by tens of millions of fans and a movie industry that banks heavily on his popularity.
Salman Khan spent two nights in jail last week for poaching two blackbucks in 1998. He was released on bail on Saturday.
Salman Khan spent two nights in jail last week for poaching two blackbucks in 1998. He was released on bail on Saturday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Salman Khan has had several run-ins with the law but has eluded penalties

Bollywood actor Salman Khan is often seen as a misunderstood star by his fans.

But the 52-year-old is no stranger to controversy and has had several run-ins with the law, including for a 2002 hit-and-run incident in which one man was killed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2018, with the headline 'Bollywood star no stranger to controversy'. Print Edition | Subscribe