Jodhpur Court Sentences Salman Khan To 5 Years Jail In Blackbuck Poaching Case, Acquits Others

| April 5 , 2018 , 14:11 IST

The Jodhpur court on Thursday sentenced Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to 5 years of jail in connection with the blackbuck poaching case of 1998. A penalty of Rs 10,000 has also been levied on him. 

Co-accused in the case, Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and a local Dushyant Singh were acquitted by the Jodhpur court in the blackbuck poaching case.

Salman Khan is accused of killing 2 blackbucks, an endangered species of deer, in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the midnight of October 1-2, 1998, during the shooting of the Bollywood movie Hum Saath Saath Hai.

Public Prosecutor Bhawani Singh Bhati had said, "All of them were in a Gypsy car that night, with Salman Khan in the driving seat. He, on spotting a herd of black bucks, shot at and killed two of them."

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Sonali Bendre’s lawyer reportedly said that if Salman and the others are charged as guilty in the blackbuck poaching case then all will have to serve an equal punishment of minimum 1 year. The max they can be jailed for is 6 years from the date of the verdict.

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The final argument on the case was completed on March 28, in the trial court after which Magistrate Khatri had reserved the judgment.

The charges against Salman Khan are under section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the other actors have been facing the charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act.    

Heavy security has been deployed at the court as the case involves Bollywood celebrities.