Salman Khan found guilty court sentenced him 5 years in prison
Salman Khan found guilty court sentenced him 5 years in prison. Salman Khan convicted for poaching blackbuck.
A news report from the Indian news media, G-News, said that Salman could be sent to Rajasthan Central Jail.
Salman Khan was found guilty Thursday of killing endangered Indian wildlife nearly two decades ago, a prosecutor said, a charge that could see the Bollywood superstar jailed for one to six years.
The poaching of the blackbucks took place in October, 1998 during the shooting of Hindi feature film ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ near a village close to Jodhpur.
Bollywood super star Salman Khan today was convicted by an Indian trial court in Jodhpur of Rajasthan state in a case related to blackbuck poaching filed against him 19 years ago.
The Bollywood bad boy will be sentenced later Thursday. He faces between one and six years in prison for the crime that has gripped cinema-obsessed India for decades. Blackbuck is an endangered species and protected under the Wildlife Act.
However, other Bollywood actors – Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Sonali Bendre and Neelam – were acquitted by the Jodhpur trial court in the same case.
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Hundreds of police were deployed outside the courtroom in Jodhpur to keep back fans who massed to support the body-building actor best known for his macho roles.
Final arguments in the case had been completed in the trial court on March 28, after which Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri had reserved the judgment to be pronounced on April 5.
Salman Khan faced the trial under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the other actors have been charged under Section 51 along with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
The actors were accused of hunting down two black bucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1 and 2, 1998, during the shooting of the film.