Blackbuck poaching case: Salman Khan sentenced to 5 years in jail, fined 10k

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Jodhpur: Bollywood actor Salman Khan was today lodged in the Jodhpur Central jail after a court here sentenced him to five years in jail under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act for killing two blackbucks in October 1998.

Salman has been sentenced a five-year jail term and a fine of Rs 10,000. The maximum sentence for the crime the actor has been convicted for is six years.

Salman’s co-stars Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre, and Dushyant Dangi, a local person from the area, who were also tried in the same case have been acquitted. All the actors were in the courtroom when the verdict was read out.

Salman’s lawyers, after he was sentenced, applied for his bail. The bail application will come up for hearing in court tomorrow.

Based on the account of witnesses produced in court, Salman has been found guilty of killing the blackbucks in Kankani village near Jodhpur on the night of October 1, 1998 during the shooting of the film “Hum Saath Saath Hain”. According to what has been brought to the notice of the Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, who completed hearing in this case on March 28, all the actors were in a Gypsy that night with Salman, in the driving seat. He spotted a herd of blackbucks and killed two of them.

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