Salman Khan CONVICTED in Blackbuck Poaching Case, Sentenced To Five Years In Jail
A) Shortly after being convicted in the 1998 Black Buck Poaching Case, Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in jail. The Jodhpur court announced its verdict and held Salman guilty while everybody was acquitted, the likes of which include Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam. Salman's lawyers will now be appealing to the High Court for bail which implies that Salman would at least have to spend a night in jail.
Salman Khan has been convicted by the Jodhpur Court while Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre have been acquitted. The quantum of punishment is expected soon.
Here's a recap of the events:
The case was registered by the Bishnoi community from Rajasthan. The community is known for its love for flora and fauna and it's against their principles to kill animals or cut trees. During the shooting of Sooraj Barjataya's Hum Saath Saath Hain in Jodhpur, the actors are alleged to have hunt 2 blackbucks. Salman Khan is accused in the complaint of killing 2 blackbucks near Bhagoda Ki Dhani near the city of Jodhpur during the night of 1-2 October 1998.
As per the public prosecutor, the actors were aboard a Gypsy and Salman Khan was driving the car when he spotted a herd of blackbucks and killed 2 of them. After being spotted, they fled from the spot. He has also been accused of carrying a weapon with an expired license.
Accused: Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Sonali Bendre and Tabu are the accused stars while the case also has 2 other accused, Dinesh Gawre (Salman's Assistant back then) and Dushyant Singh, who was with the actors during the time of the incident.
Charges: The actors are charged under the Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act along with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the IPC. Salman has been charged under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act.
Salman Khan was released on bail on 17 October the same year and he was also held guilty by a trial court in 2006. The actor was sentenced to 5 years in Jail along with a fine of Rs. 25000. He was in the jail for 6 days before the sentence was suspended by the Rajasthan High Court.
Other Poaching Cases: Salman was also accused in 2 other poaching cases of a blackbuck and a chinkara in Mathania and Bhawad villages. He was acquitted in both the cases but the Rajasthan Government challenged the verdict in the Supreme Court and the issue is currently with the Supreme Court.