Jodhpur, Apr 5: Salman Khan has been sentenced to a total of five years in jail by a Jodhpur court in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case. A penalty for Rs 10,000 has also been levied on him. The 52-year-old actor was sent to Jodhpur jail directly from the courtroom. The Race 3 actor will be spending the night in the jail as his bail application is likely to be taken up by the court on Friday, April 6. Salman Khan was convicted on Thursday in the 1998 Blackbuck poaching case by a Jodhpur court. The other actors, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Tabu and Neelam who accompanied the actor during the hunting session in Jodhpur were acquitted.
The court found Salman Khan guilty of all the charges under Section 51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and Arms Act. Soon after the quantum of punishment was announced, members of the Bishnoi community, which had registered against Salman and the others in 1998, reportedly celebrated outside the court. Click here to catch live updates on Blackbuck poaching case hearing.
Salman Khan is accused of killing two Blackbucks in Bhagoda ki Dhani in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the intervening night of October 1-2 when he was shooting for Sooraj Barjatya’s movie Hum Saath Saath Hain. Other actors of the film were accompanying Khan on the hunting session.
- Salman Khan was in court for the verdict in what is known to be his “lucky” black shirt. His sisters Alvira and Arpita reportedly broke down when the judge read out the order.
- Salman Khan was taken straight to the Jodhpur Central Jail, where he had briefly served time in 2006. As he emerged from the court, a loud cheer rose from a crowd of Bishnois, the community that is passionate about protecting the blackbuck, an endangered species. The news of Salman Khan’s jail sentence saw varied reactions on micro-blogging website Twitter.
- Because of threats to the actor’s life from gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, heavy security has been arranged at the jail where he is likely to be put up in the same barracks as Asaram Bapu, the self-styled godman accused of raping a schoolgirl.
- The antelopes were shot dead near a village of Bishnois, who are the main petitioners in the case. Salman Khan spotted a herd of blackbuck and shot dead two of them, the court was told.
- The court heard 28 witnesses including Bishnoi villagers who came out running from their huts on hearing gunshots.
- The Bishnois alleged that they took a bike and chased the Gypsy, but the actor got away. Deer carcass was found at the spot after the actors left.
- In hearings over two decades, the actor had argued that he had an air gun that doesn’t kill. Reports that the animals died of “overeating” or that they were killed by dogs were also submitted in court.
- In an interview in 2009, Salman Khan had told NDTV that he had “saved the deer” and fed it. “We saw a fawn caught in a bush. He was petrified. I took him out of there, gave him some water. The whole herd was there. (The fawn) ate a few biscuits and went away”. The whole controversy started then, he claimed.
- Salman Khan is one of the most bankable stars in India with a cult fan following. Currently, around Rs 700 crore is believed to be riding on him in the bustling Hindi film industry dubbed Bollywood. He just completed a mega budget film, Race 3.
- In 2015, Salman Khan was cleared in a 2002 hit-and-run case in which his Toyota Land Cruiser had crashed into men sleeping on a pavement in Mumbai’s Bandra, killing a homeless man.