Bollywood star Salman Khan guilty of poaching

Erica Roy
April 6, 2018

The court in Jodhpur found the actor guilty of illegally hunting the two blackbucks from his auto while filming "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998. Held guilty under Section 9/51 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, he had faced a maximum punishment of six years behind bars. He has been taken to the Jodhpur Central Jail. But Mr. Khan appealed the decision to the Rajasthan High Court, and the sentence was quickly suspended after a brief period in jail.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri read the verdicts on 5 April, a week after the trial ended.

He was sentenced to five years in prison by the court and been fined 10,000 rupees.

According to Forbes, he made $37 million in yearly earnings to finish second behind Shah Rukh Khan in the 2017 Bollywood rankings. The actor spent a week in a prison in Jodhpur before he was granted bail.

Mahipal Bishnoi, a prosecuting lawyer, said the court was hearing arguments on the appropriate sentence for the actor.

The other actors, among them Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre, were acquitted by the court in Jodhpur for lack of evidence.

Khan has had a history of run-ins with the law.

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"He, on spotting a herd of blackbucks, shot at and killed two of them". Senior Police Inspector Pandit Thakre later said that from her Aadhaar Card, they learnt she was from Berasia, near Bhopal, and had fled her home on Sunday, hoping to meet Salma, her favourite star.

The prosecution also said that "Salman Khan was a habitual offender" citing another case in which he had allegedly mowed down people sleeping on a footpath in Mumbai. "Hence [the] investigation can not be trusted", said the actor's lawyer, H M Saraswat.

Image: Indian blackbucks, also known as Indian antelopes.

The blackbuck is an endangered species and is protected under Indian law.

Currently, three big projects - Race 3, Bharat and Dabangg 3 - as well as a comeback season of reality television show Dus Ka Dum are riding on Salman Khan's shoulders. Salman was arrested and released on bail. At the time of announcing the order, Salman would have to be in a court.

In 2015, responding to a Right-to-Information query, the Maharashtra government revealed that files pertaining to the hit-and-run case had been destroyed in a fire at the state Parliament.

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